HP Unveils Palm Pre 2, new WebOS
PALO ALTO, USA – Electronics giant HP, who acquired phone maker Palm this year, has launched the new webOS-powered Palm Pre 2, showing that it pretends to cash in on the intellectual property added to its portfolio.
The basic shape and idea of the smartphone continues the same as its predecessor, which wasn’t very successful, mostly owing to the pressure from competition. HP, a much wealthier company than Palm, will be able to heavily promote the new handset all over the world, as well as have more funds to update the webOS software frequently.
With the launch of the Pre 2, Palm has been advertising on the speed of the new model, allowing users to complete tasks faster, as well as multi-task efficiently.
The hardware itself has been upgraded; in terms of design, the Pre 2 has a glass screen covering the display, making it more durable and smoother. The speed boost comes with the addition of a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, but the company didn’t give much information on the underlying components.
Palm, or HP rather, pretends to cash in on apps, announcing the launch of the popular Angry Birds game for the platform, as well as pre-loading several third-party software, including Amazon MP3, which provides DRM-free music downloads.
With the phone maker once being a business-dedicated company, webOS is rich in enterprise-oriented apps, featuring an advanced and intuitive email client, a web browser with Flash, Skype Mobile, VPN access, automatic contact updates from LinkedIn and other social networking portals, Microsoft Exchange functionality for contacts and calendar, a dedicated YouTube app, a mobile hotspot app, among others.
webOS 2.0 brings an even friendlier user interface, organising favourite apps, bundling in social networking accounts, providing automatic data backup, clipboard functionality, and the ability to conduct common functions by just typing – no need to run any app.
Among the specifications of the Palm Pre 2 customers will find a 3.1″ multi-touch display with 320×480 pixels, low in size in comparison with its market rivals; a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, video recording functionality, A-GPS, 16GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, HSDPA or CDMA connectivity (depending on the region), a 3.5mm audio jack, and the features described above.
Palm Pre 2 specs