The Palm Pre from the Inside Out, Courtesy of iSuppli

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The Palm Pre from the Inside Out, Courtesy of iSuppli

by Michelle Maisto

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The Palm Pre

The Palm Pre is retailing for $199, after a mail-in rebate and with a two-year service contract. It features a touch-screen interface, like the iPhone, but with a slideout QWERTY keyboard. iSuppli first estimated its production cost to be $170.

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The Palm Pre Exploded View

An exploded view of what $199 buys you.

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The Pres PCB Bottom

A view of the Palm Pre's application printed circuit board from below.

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The Pres Application PCB

A view of the top of Pre's application printed circuit board. As with the iPhone, the Pre's design is split into two core spheres for stronger performance.

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The Pre and Qualcomm

The Pre's essential communications functionality comes from Qualcomm technology. An MSM6801A baseband processor supports CDMA2000 1X and CDMA2000 1X Rev A EV-DO. At left is the bottom of the Pre's communication printed circuit board.

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The Pre and Power Management

For power management, Palm chose Maxim's MAX8695 power management integrated circuit over the Qualcomm PM6650 chip, commonly used in Qualcomm-based designs. At left is the top of the Pre's communication printed circuit board.

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