Rumors of both a new Palm device and an updated version of webOS have been swirling for weeks now. Today, HP decided to come clean and unveiled the Palm Pre 2.
As rumored, the new handset comes with HP webOS 2.0, a revamped and renamed version of the much-lauded (well, for a time) mobile platform. Everything good about it just got better, too, with the promise of "true multitasking" (probably like Android's been doing this whole time), along with new features, such as Stacks (for organizing open apps), Just Type (for accessing a variety of functions without opening a single app), HP Synergy (a web service aggregator) and Exhibition (apps designed to run while the handset charges). It also comes with beta support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 right in the browser.
Details of the Palm Pre 2 include a 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen (320 x 480 resolution and encased in glass), a slide-out portrait QWERTY keyboard, a 5.0 megapixel camera module (with LED flash), aGPS, 3G with HSPA, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, 16GB of built-in storage and a battery module with 5.5 hours of talk time. Dimensions remain similar to the original Pre, although it's slimmer and more streamlined. A 1GHz processor drives the action.
SFR customers in France get first crack at the GSM version of the Palm Pre 2 starting this Friday. Verizon Wireless and an undisclosed Canadian carrier will get the first CDMA versions, although exact availability dates have not been announced.
You can check out the rest of the details at the Palm Pre 2 press release, where they outline a good lot of the webOS 2.0 features.