HP has just taken the wraps off the Palm Pre 2, the next smartphone running the webOS. As its name suggests, this 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 Pre 2 will support 3G wireless networking, and also include Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and a GPS receiver.
This smartphone is also 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.
Palm webOS 2.0
In its announcement, HP is strongly emphasizing that the Pre 2 is going to run webOS 2.0, the next version of its operating system for smartphones.
The webOS is 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 new version will offer a number of enhancements, such as built-in support for Bluetooth keyboards.
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.
Palm Pre 2 Pricing and Availability
HP’s latest smartphone is going to launch on Friday from the French wireless carrier SFR.
In addition, the U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless is going to introduce the Palm Pre 2 “in the coming months”, though HP declined to be more specific about exactly when that will be. This version will come with the Skype VoIP app.
HP also said this model is also going to be released in Canada, but didn’t say from what carrier(s).
The company has also not yet revealed what this webOS-based device will cost.