Palm Pre 2 Officially Revealed


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HP has officially revealed the Palm Pre 2, and with it confirmed many of the details about the device’s specs that leaked onto the Web last week.

The Palm Pre 2 — the first smartphone from Palm since HP purchased the smartphone-maker — sports a 1 gigahertz processor, 5-megapixel camera, slide-out keyboard and a design that the company describes as “sleeker” and more “streamlined” than the original.

The device will launch first in France on SFR (who was responsible for last week’s leak when it posted the Pre 2 specs on its website) this Friday. In the U.S., the device will launch “in the coming months” on Verizon Wireless, though no specific date has been given. You may recall that the original Pre launched first with Sprint and then came to Verizon later on, so this represents a slight shift in launch strategy.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the Pre 2, however, is that it will be the first device running version 2.0 of webOS, the full details of which were also revealed this morning by HP. Key features of the new mobile operating system include enhanced multitasking, support for Flash 10.1 and free Skype-to-Skype calling.