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Palm Pre Prices Drop To £199.99 As Pre 2 Readies To launch

The price of the first generation Palm Pre has slipped to only £199.99 as HP prepares to launch the new Palm Pre 2 smartphone on Friday, one which should come with WebOS 2.0 and a number of significant improvements.

Expansys sells the unlocked version of the Palm Pre with free delivery and says that there are 50 left in stock. Given that the Pre will be compatible with WebOS 2.0, it might be a worthy investment especially if you are after a portrait slider handset.

The Motorola Flipout is the only other alternative in this price range at £214.99 while others like the Nokia E72, the Blackberry Torch and the Dell Venue Pro are significantly more expensive.

The Palm Pre still counts as a capable handset; it has a three-row slide out keyboard, a 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, a 3-megapixel camera and 8GB onboard storage.

There's no card slot for additional storage but we won't complain at this price. The Pre though has a much slower processor than the Pre 2, a TI OMAP 3430 clocked at 500MHz, plus 256MB RAM, and a 1150mAh battery.

It will be interesting to find out how WebOS 2.0 performs on a platform that's nearly two years old now. The OS will bring true multi tasking with the "avant-garde" look of Stacks, Just Type, Open Sesame, Adobe Flash 10.1 compatibility, unified app management, Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite and Skype Mobile.