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Palm handset vs. iPhone 3GS

Posted: 10 Jun 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:iPhone  Pre  application processor  operating system 

Apple Inc. leapfrogged the Palm Pre with the announcement of its iPhone 3GS and undercut the Pre by dropping existing iPhone prices to Rs.4,849.71 ($99).

Palm, however, undercut Apple slightly in the cost of hardware in handsets with 8 GB flash.

The new iPhone 3GS uses an upgraded application processor, base band and more NAND flash memory to deliver new media capabilities at Rs.9,748.40 ($199) for a 16 GB model. That's the same price—figuring in a Rs.4,898.69 ($100) rebate—as the Pre released with 8 GB flash.

Teardown specialist Portelligent estimates the cost of goods of the Pre at just under Rs.7,837.91 ($160). That compared favourably with the existing iPhone 3G with 8 GB flash that Portelligent pegged at Rs.8,474.74 ($173).

By comparison the HTC Dream—the first phone to use the Google Android software—cost Rs.7,005.13 ($143) in hardware to build but had less than 256 MB of flash, according to Portelligent.

Details of the Pre teardown including photographs of its internals were released on June 7.

Initial reports said lines of consumers looking to buy the Pre at retail shops over the weekend were significantly lower than those for the first two generations of iPhones.

The new iPhone 3GS now supports HSDPA networks with downloads of speeds up to 7.2Mbpsecond, implying a new base band processor. It also sports new video, graphics and audio capabilities, implying a significantly upgraded applications processor, said Jeff Brown, principal analyst at Portelligent.

The 3GS can record video at 30 frames/second at VGA resolution. Its camera has been upgraded to an autofocus version supporting 3 Mpixel resolutions.

The camera also has built in video editing capabilities and a feature that allows the camera to focus on whatever spot a user touches on the phone's LCD. The phone also supports limited voice recognition for hands-free operation.

"All these features will require a significantly more powerful apps processor," said Brown.

The new iPhones use an upgraded version of the Apple operating system announced earlier this year. Apple said it has put more than 50,000 applications for the iPhone in its App Store.

A 32 GB iPhone 3GS costs Rs.14,647.10 ($299). The new phones will be available June 19, but the lowered price on existing phones begins immediately.

Separately, Apple announced a new version of its computer operating system that has expanded support for multi-threading. The Snow Leopard software will be available as an upgrade in September for Rs.1,420.62 ($29).

-Rick Merritt
EE Times

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