Rumor (Redux): Verizon to get Updated Pre 40
If you’re looking for a way to irritate Pre owners on Sprint and Bell, here’s a good one: Verizon won’t be getting the Pre currently released, instead they’ll be getting one that’s been updated. The Examiner claims that the version of the Palm Pre to be received by Verizon will in fact be updated. The rumored updated Pre will be “one that has more memory (or a micro-SD slot), has a slightly bigger screen, and one that fixes the screen bleed problem.”
We’re going to put on our skeptic hats and say that only two of those four speculations are even remotely possible: fixing the screen bleed (which newer Pres appear to have already addressed) and more internal storage memory. At this point Palm is not going to backtrack and add a micro-SD slot or any other memory expansion port to the Pre. Nor is Palm going to make a Pre with a larger screen, as doing so would require a significant redesign of the phone, in which case it probably wouldn’t be the Pre anymore.
In fact, more memory seems likely given the leaked Verizon inventory screen we saw a month ago. If you’ll recall, the inventory showed two new Palm devices: the P101VZW and the P121VZW (the Pre on Sprint is the P100). At the time we speculated that the P121 was the Pixi, but a later Sprint inventory screen that showed a P120 and a C40 put the kibosh on that thought. So the P120/P121VZW must be an upgrade Pre of some variety, and the only logical conclusion is that it has more memory, likely 16 GB instead of the current 8 GB. So will Verizon get an updated Pre? Probably, but so will Sprint (and probably Bell), so we can all relax, be happy, and store more.