HP officially announces WebOS 2.0 and Palm Pre 2 (coming to Verizon, SFR and Canada)
HP and Palm have taken an Apple-like approach when designing the new Pre 2, making it look only a tad different from the previous model (just like new iPhones don’t look too different form the old ones).
The new Pre still has a curved design, a sliding QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.1 inch HVGA touchscreen display. However, it’s thinner than the Pre 1.
- 1GHz processor (the first Palm smartphone to have such a CPU – it was about time)
- Stereo Bluetooth
- 3.5mm headset jack
- 5MP camera with flash and video recording
- 16GB of internal memory
SFR will sell the Palm Pre 2 in France starting this Friday (October 22). In the US, Verizon will offer the new smartphone in the coming months, when the device should also be out via an unknown Canadian carrier. Sprint (which was the first to launch the original Pre) is out of the deal for the moment.
HP and Palm have not announced the price of the Pre 2.
WebOS 2.0 features:
- Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta
- Stack – which “automatically groups related cards together and stacks them to make it easier to navigate if you have lots of apps open”
- HP Synergy
- Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite “for viewing Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint docs”
- Skype Mobile (only on Verizon)
- Redesigned App Catalog
A WebOS 2.0 update “will be delivered to existing customers in the coming months” (I assume existing customers means all users who have a Pre, Pixi, Pre Plus or Pixi Plus).