10/30/2010, 09:17 PM
When I said in the world, I was saying that the SoC in the Pre2 is the best, or equal to the best, that the world smartphone semiconductor manufacturers have available today for shipment into phones. Now, will it be "dated" in a matter of months? Yes. Such is the advances in smartphone technology. The first phone to receive the 3630 (and let's just call it the TI 36** series) was the Droid X in January. Palm was 4 months late with the Ti chipset update. Ti has stated that smartphones will be available from their customers with the OMAP 4 SoC in the first half of 2011. Therefore, even if Palm had released the phone when motorola did, it would be a matter of months before it is eclipsed by a new SoC.
One poster pointed out that the GPU is not the fastest available today - the SGX540 - but is rather the SGX535. That is correct. I'm not sure, though, that any SoC manufacture other than Samsung (which uses it on their own phones) is using the SGX 540. Ti is going to the SGX540 for its OMAP4, so Palm/HP will have it next time (if they stick with Ti). Palm couldn't tell Ti, please add the 540 to the SoC. As long as Palm is matching the iPhone4 and the iPad in the GPU department (where most games are being ported from), then I think it is more than adequate. It is certainly much faster than the Snapdragon SoC as others have said.
Finally, as to the phone not "impressing", I'm not disagreeing with this point. It doesn't impress enough because it doesn't show an external difference. My point was merely that on the inside, Palm put the fastest internal hardware available inside. I'm not saying anything about the screen size (except I think it should have been bigger, I was shocked they released the same size, but I assume that bigger is coming). As to software, I'll have to see WebOS in action. Apple iOS was much faster on the same hardware that Palm had, so we will have to see if Palm has made the software faster.