When the Palm Pre 2 was unveiled last year, HP said this webOS-based smartphone is going to be released by Verizon Wireless. More than three months later, this still hasn’t happened. That’s apparently about to change, though.
As its name suggests, this device is a moderately updated version of its predecessor. It has the same general design, but a faster processor and a new version of the webOS.
The smartphone is allegedly going to sell for $100 with a two-year service contract.
Palm Pre 2 Overview
Like the original Pre, this new model 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, and it comes with 512 MB of RAM and 16 GB of built in storage.
Its web browser supports Adobe Flash, and the Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite is bundled, allowing users to work with Microsoft Office files.
This smartphone supports 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.
HP is already selling an unlocked version of the Palm Pre 2 directly to the public. This can be used with wireless carriers that use the GSM standard, like AT&T and T-Mobile.