HP Presents Palm Pre 2 Smartphone

The next iteration of the Palm Pre, aptly named the HP Palm Pre 2, has arrived in the UK and as expected, it is not very different from its predecessor.

Apart from a slightly tweaked design that makes it slightly more glossy, the Palm Pre 2 comes with WebOS 2.0, a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera but keeps the same 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen albeit with glass on top.

The new OS features Flash 10.1 support, an updated Facebook application, much better multi tasking capability, HP Synergy, an App Catalog, Just Type and Touchstone compatibility.

Obviously, the rest of what made the original Palm Pre so attractive still remains; the minuscule form factor and the portrait sliding four line QWERTY keyboard for example.

The Palm Pre 2 will be released on the 15th of November and will cost twice as much as the original Palm Pre at £399. We can expect it to be available on UK networks, possibly O2, although this has not been confirmed.

We're not sure whether the existing Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus will be around for long as well given that the original Palm Pre has already been faced out.

Pocket-lint has an extensive gallery of close-up pictures of the real thing inclusing a side-by-side comparison with the old Palm Pre.