HP officially announced the Palm Pre 2, a smartphone that runs Palm’s latest webOS 2.0 operating system.
The Palm Pre 2 offers a 3.1-inch glass touchscreen display with a 480 x 320 pixel resolution. It has a slide-out keyboard design similar to that of the original Palm Pre. It’s also the first webOS device to make use of a 1GHz processor.
The Palm Pre 2, which measures 59.6mm x 100.7mm x 16.9mm (2.35in x 3.96in x 0.67in) and weighs 145g (5.1oz), is equipped with a 5 MP camera with LED flash, extended depth of field, geo-tagging support, and video capture. For multimedia storage, the Palm Pre 2 has 16GB of storage, although it doesn’t appear that a microSD card slot is included. 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR connectivity are also supported.
The new webOS 2.0 offers a host of new features. The Just Type feature lets you type and then choose whether you want to email, text, search the web, or more. HP Synergy in webOS 2.0 will allow developers to offer multiple messaging, contact, and calendar application sources. A new “Exhibition” feature also allows users to display an application of their choice while the phone is charging on a Touchstone Charging Dock.
The Palm Pre 2 will make its U.S. debut on Verizon Wireless in the coming months. It will launch on SFR in France on Friday, and HP said that it will also be released in Canada.