At least three major online UK retailers - Amazon, Kikatek and Ebuyer - have slashed the price of the HP Palm Pre 2 smartphone to around £130, down from £399 in what seems to be a massive clearout before the forthcoming Pre 3 hits the market.
The Pre 2 was only launched back in November 2010 and has been a decent seller on Amazon UK; but it is at Ebuyer that it is cheapest at £131.69 including free delivery.
The smartphone comes with a 1GHz SoC, 512MB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass, with a slide-out vertical backlit physical QWERTY keyboard, a five-megapixel camera with LED flash, GPS, Wi-Fi, microUSB, loads of sensors and compatibility with HP Touchstone wireless charging dock and Microsoft Exchange.
Shaped like a pebble, the Palm Pre 2 is a tad thicker and heavier than your average skinny mobile phone and is powered by the WebOS 2.0 mobile operating system that brings in some interesting features, like a deck-of-cards model and true multi-tasking capabilities.
Expect WebOS 3.0 and Enyo to come to the Pre 2 at some time in the near future after the Pre 3 is launched.
At that price it is worth having a look at the Pre 2, especially if the user requires more web and texting rather than apps and photography. The only other serious smartphones at that price are the Blackberry Curve 8520 and the HTC Wildfire.