Hewlett-Packard has announced plans to sell the unlocked version of the upcoming webOS 2.0-based Palm Pre 2 smartphone directly to customers.
In an interview with MarkGuim.tv, product manager for HP-Palm Tim Pettitt revealed that the devices will be able for purchase directly from HP.
According to tech news site PC World, the company has officially confirmed that the unlocked phone will be only sold to webOS developers and from its small-business channel at first, but will be available to customers shortly after.
Many of the more highly qualified developers will also be able to purchase the device at heavily discounted prices, the company said.
The Palm Pre 2 is the first Palm phone to be launched by HP following its acquisition of the mobile phone manufacturer earlier this year.
The phone will be based on the new webOS 2.0 operating system and will powered by a 1GHz processor.
It is set to ship with a 5 MP camera and will be compatible with Adobe Flash 10.1 and QuickOffice Connect.