The Palm Pre 2 is now official! As the name suggests, it’s more of an update to the Pre Plus, rather than a whole new device.
In terms of external hardware changes, it still retains the same vertical QWERTY slider form factor. The display is the same 3.1-inch, 320 x 480 resolution display, but instead of the older plastic display, it’s been swapped out with a flatter, tougher, glass display. The bezel around the Pre 2 has also been changed a bit, and gone is the annoying, flimsy protector over the microUSB port.
The Pre 2 is now rocking a much faster 1Ghz processor and 512MB of RAM, along with 16GB of internal storage. All the usual suspects are present — Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and a proximity sensor. The camera has also been updated to a 5MP shooter.
The big news about the Pre 2 is HP webOS 2.0. The next revision of webOS brings it to the next level, with features like Stacks (allows you to organize your “cards” into different stacks for even easier multitasking management), Just Type (previously known as Universal Search), HP Synergy (links your email and social network accounts), Exhibition (allows users to run specific apps designed for the Palm Touchstone Wireless Charging System), and full Adobe Flash 10.1 support in the browser!
The Palm Pre 2 will be available for SPR customers in France starting this Friday, and a Verizon Wireless version will be available “in the coming months”. HP also announced that there will be an unlocked GSM version of the Pre 2, although the price is currently unknown.
So who’s excited for the Pre 2? Is it enough to compete with the current crop of Android and iOS devices? Leave your thoughts in the comments!