Leaked Sprint Document Says Palm Pre in Stores May 16

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Palm's Pre smartphone is the first device considered by many gadgeteers to be serious competition for Apple's iPhone. In the videos below, you can see the Pre's touch-sensitive screen, slide-out keyboard, and new Web-centric operating system. The phone's performance is fast, despite heavy use of graphics whizziness. The browser seems especially nice, finally catching up to compete with the iPhone's version of Safari.

A supposed leaked internal Sprint spreadsheet sent to Engadget lists the Pre's launch date as May 16th. That's a Sunday, notes Engadget blogger Chris Ziegler, who thinks the real launch date might be Sunday the 17th, because he's observed that Sprint often launches new products on Sundays.

The rest of the spreadsheet seems convincing, but Sprint's alleged schedule would have removed the Motorola Renegade V950 from the company's available models yesterday. You can still order one online, and a Sprint store near my office still stocks the phone. Still, the Pre launch is a much, much bigger event than any other item on the list.

My hunch: Engadget's team have a good nose for real versus fake documents, and a launch as huge as the Pre -- new phone, new operating system, head-to-head iPhone competitor -- is likely to be a milestone the company won't let slip. Especially now that the entire Internet expects to find them in stores that weekend.

This story, "Leaked Sprint Document Says Palm Pre in Stores May 16" was originally published by thestandard.com.

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