The Palm Pre 2 has just launched in the U.S. Rather than going through a carrier, it is being offered by HP directly to the public.
HP took the wraps off this model last month, and it debuted in France a few days later. Today is the first day it is on sale in the United States.
The version available now is being sold unlocked, so AT&T and T-Mobile customers can buy it, insert their SIM slot, and start using it. However, it’s not clear yet if this device supports T-Mobile special version of 3G.
The Palm Pre 2 costs $450. As no wireless carrier is involved, there are none of the carrier subsidies that typically drop models down to $200 or less. On the other hand, consumers are not required to sign a contract when buying this phone.
It can be purchased now on HP’s website.
Palm Pre 2 Overview
As its name suggests, the Palm Pre 2 is a moderately updated version of its predecessor.
Like the original Pre, it is a slider with a portrait-oriented keyboard and a 3.1-inch, HVGA (320 x 480) touchscreen. However, the shape has been tweaked a bit, giving it a flatter screen and a “sleeker, streamlined design”, according to its creator.
The display is covered in Gorilla Glass to help prevent scratches and breakage.
It runs webOS 2.0, a multi-tasking, touch-oriented operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.
The Pre 2 is based on a 1 GHz processor, faster than the one in its predecessor. It comes with 512 MB of RAM and 16 GB of built in storage.
Its web browser supports for Adobe Flash, and the Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite will be bundled, allowing users to work with Microsoft Office files.
This smartphone support 3G wireless networking, and also includes Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and a GPS receiver.
In addition, it has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
Overall, it is 4.0 x 2.4 x 0.7 inches and 5.1 ounces.
Coming Soon to Verizon?
Last month, Verizon Wireless committed to offering the Palm Pre 2, but has not yet said when this will happen.
Unconfirmed reports from several weeks ago indicated that this carrier’s launch would be in mid-November, but it has not happened yet.