WebOS 2.0 and Palm Pre 2 Officially Announced

The new webOS 2.0 and the soon to arrive Palm Pre 2 are finally official. The Palm Pre 2 will go on sale as soon as October 22 on France’s SFR carrier. HP is also finally flexing its muscle after acquiring Palm earlier this year—webOS 2.0 is now officially ‘HP webOS 2.0’. Official specs on the Pre 2 are out now, and now that HP webOS 2.0 has been confirmed as well, I’ve got the dirt.

Introducing the Palm Pre 2

While the new Pre 2 will be hitting SFR this month, it might take a while longer to appear here in the US and in Canada. Verizon has been mentioned as a carrier, but Sprint has not yet. Keep your fingers crossed. The Pre 2 is more of a model refresh than a new model but HP has delivered some substantial improvements. Also, your Pre 2 will not be easily mistaken for an older model. They look very similar, but HP has tweaked the design enough in a good way that you can tell the difference.

Offical specs of the Palm Pre 2 by HP:

  • Dimensions: (HxWxD) 3.96” x 2.35” x 0.67”
  • Weight: 5.1 ounces
  • Screen: 3.1” touchscreen diagonally  at 320×480 pixel resolution (HVGA)
  • Processor: 1 GHz single core
  • RAM: Unknown but widely rumored to be 512 MB
  • Input: Slide-out QWERTY keyboard (like the BlackBerry Torch 9800 or previous Palm models) and touchscreen (the leaked Palm ‘Mansion’ lacks a keyboard and fully touchscreen—expected early 2011)
  • Camera: 5 megapixel with LED flash
  • Video: Confirmed but resolution has not been verified (hopefully HP spends the money to put in a 720p HD camera since that’s becoming the new standard)
  • Storage: 16 GB internal (external USB storage supported)
  • Wi-Fi: b/n bands
  • Operating System: HP webOS 2.0
  • Connectivity: A-GPS and Bluetooth 2.1 with stereo support
  • Battery: 5.5 hours talk time on Verizon’s CDMA network

So what do you think of the power under the hood on the Pre 2? Battery life is rumored to be improved when running apps, and the little cover over the microUSB port has been ditched on all the units seen so far. HP’s webOS 2.0 is also going to be shipping on the devices. No word yet on when earlier Palm models will be getting the update to 2.0, but the new version of the operating system does bring substantial improvements, including Flash 10 support.

Hope it shows up on carriers other than Verizon? Think it is worth an upgrade? Let me know in the comments.

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