The original Pre debuted in the summer of 2009, and was followed by the Palm Pixi in the fall of that year. These models were slightly updated with the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus in early 2010, but all of them have begun showing their age.
That’s why it’s not surprising that two carriers have apparently dropped this model, though AT&T is still offering its version of the Pre Plus, and all versions of the Pixi are available.
HP’s announcement of the Palm Pre 2 means the move away from the original model make even more sense.
An Overview of the Palm Pre
The Pre features a sliding keyboard as well as a 3.1-inch multi-touch-capable touchscreen with a 480 x 320 pixel resolution. The device is equipped with Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash.
The original version has 8 GB of internal storage, while the Pre Plus offers 16 GB.
It runs the webOS, the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. This 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 webOS includes an on-device app store, and a growing collection of third-party software is available.
Enter the Palm Pre 2
As its name suggests, the Palm Pre 2 is going to be a moderately updated version of its predecessor. The shape has been tweaked a bit, giving it a flatter screen.
It is going to run webOS 2.0 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.
Verizon has committed to offering the Pre 2, and the debut is expected any day now.