HP To Start Taking Palm Pre 2 Pre-orders Next Week

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The Palm Pre 2 debuted in Europe last month, but the latest webOS-based smartphone is not yet available in the United States. That’s going to change soon, as HP says that it is going to start taking pre-orders for this model in a few days.

A post on one of HP’s Facebook pages yesterday said “Check out the Palm Pre Plus 2, pre-orders begin 11/8.” Although the name for the product is slightly off, it’s still good news for those who are interested in this device.

Palm Pre 2 from HPBut the news isn’t all good. HP has revised the Facebook post to say that this smartphone is “coming soon”.

Coming Where? And When?
HP did not say which version of the Palm Pre 2 it was referring to in its post. This is an important distinction, as there are going to be two.

Verizon Wireless has announced plans to offer this webOS-powered smartphone with support for its CDMA network. In addition, HP is going to sell an unlocked version for GSM networks.

Information leaking out of Verizon may have the answer: this carrier will reportedly introduce the Pre 2 on November 11.

However, it’s still not known when the version for AT&T and possibly T-Mobile will be released.

Palm Pre 2 Overview
As its name suggests, the Palm Pre 2 is going to be a moderately updated version of its predecessor.

Like the original Pre, this upcoming device will be 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 product manager says that the display will be covered in Gorilla Glass to help prevent scratches and breakage.

The device is going to run HP’s mobile operating system on a 1 GHz processor, faster than the one in its predecessor. It will come with 512 MB of RAM and 16 GB of built in storage.

It will run 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 will support  3G wireless networking, and also include Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and a GPS receiver.

In addition, this smartphone is going to have a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and a 3.5 mm headset jack.

Overall, it will be 4.0 x 2.4 x 0.7 inches and 5.1 ounces.

Its web browser will have support for Adobe Flash, and the Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite will be bundled, allowing users to work with Microsoft Office files.

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