Palm Pre 2 Official, But UK and US Release Dates Unknown

Remember the Palm Pre and how the UK didn’t see it until six months after its debut when all the excitement had died down? Well, things have started off in a similar way with the Palm Pre 2, the newly announced hardware that will also mark the debut of webOS 2.0.

The Pre 2 will be hitting France first on their SFR network, before moving on to the USA and Canada in the future. Checking the official Palm Pre 2′s website reveals that it will be going to Verizon, but it’s only listed as ‘coming soon’. So, what about the UK and the rest of Europe? No details have been released yet, which is worryingly similar to last time.

The Pre 2′s feature list looks like this:

  • 3.1″ touchscreen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution.
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
  • GPS.
  • A 5 megapixel camera with LED flash.
  • 1GHz processor.
  • GPS.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.
  • 16GB internal memory.

The phone looks almost identical and dimensionally, it is, but has put on a bit of weight, this time tipping the scales at 145 grams over the previous 133. With things being very similar on the outside, the big draw will have to be on the inside, that of webOS 2.0.

Despite the Palm site suggesting we would ‘rediscover amazing’, we took a look at what was new. The Just Type feature lets you type whatever you want without opening an application, presumably bringing up options depending on the content of your text. Multi-tasking was great on the first webOS and it’s likely to be even better here, with logical grouping of open applications and easy switching between them.

Synergy returns with an added HP at the start, so all your email and social networking contacts are combined together, plus coming with a future update is the new Exhibition feature which allows the running of certain apps, such as the clock or the photo gallery, while the phone is charging.

The Palm Pre 2 will be out by the end of this week in France, but everywhere else will have to wait. We think Palm and HP need to follow Microsoft’s lead on this one, and launch the Pre 2 in as many places as possible, as quickly as possible.

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