Just as we thought, HP is looking forward to making a big entrance on the mobile devices market by preparing the release of some WebOS smartphones. And it looks like they’re quite in a hurry, because the Palm Pre 2 has just become official. After purchasing Palm, and implicitly and more importantly the webOS platform, HP went right to work, and now the first webOS 2.0 phone is already on its way. The Palm Pre 2 was announced on October 19 with the French release date of October 22 via carrier SFR. The smartphone is supposed to hit U.S. also in the following months through Verizon Wireless and later in Canada with an unknown carrier. HP stated that the Pre 2 will also be available in the United States as an unlocked UMTS developer phone for building future applications and services for the webOS platform.
This slider smartphone was initially code-named “Roadrunner” and it is supposed to pack a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. The 3.1 inch HVGA multitouch glass display works at the resolution of 320 x 480 px. The Pre 2 functions as a camera phone also using its 5.0 MP camera with LED flash, extended depth of field and geotagging. The storage capacity reaches 16 GB of flash memory and the phone has Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g connectivity. Proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, Exchange support and GPS are also present. Dimensioned at 100.7 x 59.6 x 16.9 mm, this phone will be the third device to use Palm’s webOS and the first to use the 2.0 version of the operating system.