HP Unveils Palm Pre 2 Smartphone

Just a few months after acquiring Palm, HP sent a strong signal to analysts who might have considered brand irrelevant in the mobile segment by launching the Palm Pre 2, an updated version of the original Palm Pre which was launched back in 2009.

The new phone sticks to the 3.1-inch 480x320 pixels capacitive touchscreen display, the slideout keyboard that has since been copied by RIM's Blackberry Torch but brings in a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, thinner profile, Wi-Fi, GPS and 16GB onboard storage.

WebOS 2. the new version of the OS, which was once considered to be Apple iOS's main rival, now comes with HTML5 and Flash 10.1 compatibility.

WebOS 2 also adds Synergy, HP's own version of a social aggregator which allows users to access their main social networking services (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and the likes) though a single user interface.

HP claims that the phone offers true multi-tasking as users will be able to interrupt a process to access their calendars or check emails before going back to what they were doing.

Other notable features include the integration of Google Docs, Quick Connect Mobile Suite as well as Skype Mobile.

Interestingly enough, the phone will be launched in France through SFR before landing in Canada and the US via Verizon Wireless. No launch date has been announced for the rest of the world and the United Kingdom.