Information leaking out of Verizon Wireless indicates that this carrier is going to release the Palm Pre 2 in the near future.
As its name suggests, this is going to be a replacement for the original webOS-based smartphone, and will have much in common with its predecessor.
The first unconfirmed report that this model is on its way to Verizon surfaced over the summer. According to a new report, this wireless carrier has begun training its employees on the Pre 2.
There still is no definite word on when this model will be released, but it’s likly to happen in the next few weeks — Verizon’s official “End of Life” date for the Palm Pre Plus is supposedly October 21.
At this point, it’s not clear if the Pre 2 is going to be a Verizon exlusive, but so far this is the only U.S. carrier to come up in rumors.
Palm Pre 2 Overview
Earlier this week, the European wireless carrier SFR jumped the gun by announcing many of the details of the Palm Pre 2
According to this source, this model will have the same general design as the original — a slider with a portrait-oriented keyboard. However, it will have flatter screen and a more refined design. Exactly what that means is not yet clear, but it seems likely the upcoming device will still include a 3.1-inch, HVGA touchscreen.
This model will reportedly run webOS 2.0 on a 1 GHz processor, and have 512 MB of RAM.
How much internal storage the Pre 2 will offer is not yet known; the current Palm Pre Plus has 16 GB of capacity.
The wireless capabilities of this model have not leaked out yet, but it would be surprising if it had fewer than its predecessor: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
More about the webOS
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.
It includes an on-device app store, and a moderate collection of third-party software is available.
This operating system was developed by Palm, Inc., a company that was acquired by HP earlier this year. HP intends to use the webOS to become a major force in the smartphone market.