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HP announces the UK launch of the Palm Pre 2, available on November 15

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HP announces the UK launch of the Palm Pre 2, available on November 15
Today, HP announced the UK launch of the Palm Pre 2 that's set to be released on November 15 for £399 ($640). Now under the HP brand and with the new Palm OS on board – webOS 2.0 – the Palm Pre 2 will try to succeed where its predecessor fell short. We all remember that when the original Palm Pre was released in early 2009, a lot of people thought that this is the iPhone-killer and that the Palm Pre is destined for dominance in the mobile market. As history shows, things turned out to be rather different, so let take a look at the Palm Pre 2.

It's set to be powered with the new webOS 2.0, that has all the goodies Palm promised – like true multitasking, Just Type and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta – along with some other useful features like Quickoffice for webOS 2.0, Text Assist and the webOS browser.

In terms of hardware, it packs 1GHz processor, physical QWERTY, Gorilla Glass display and 16GB internal memory, but to be absolutely honest, we are less than impressed with its 3.1-inch screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, not to mention the 5MP camera that's lacking autofocus. After all, the Palm Pre 2 is a flagship device, but it's kind of hard to imagine that it would beat the competition – like the two Motorola DROIDs (DROID 2 Global and DROID Pro) or Samsung Continuum – but that's only our opinion. In the States, the handset is scheduled for release in Q4 and its US carrier is Verizon.

source: HP

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posted on 14 Nov 2010, 03:16

1. Doakie (Posts: 1306; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I own a Sprint Palm Pre and webos truly is a GREAT OS. But Palm was stupid and they followed in Apples footsteps which they just couldn't replicate. Because sadly, they just are not Apple. They don't have the rabid fanbase that will buy anything they make as long as it had an i in front of it. HP/Palm needs to learn from Samsungs Galaxy S strategy and success. You don't have the mindshare that Apple does, so what do you do? You make a high end handset that's competitive with all the non-apple phones and release a version of it for every single carrier and hope that all your work paid off. I say all the non apple phones cus its pretty much like that right now in the US, there are two categories, iphones on one end and all other smartphones on the other.

Long story short Palm needs to get their new handsets on every carrier in the world. No exclusivity agreements. No joke just plain attack the market. Make a phone that beats the Evo, Epic, Droid X, G2, and Mytouch 4g. Make different variants that support every band in the usa and globally and then aggressively market it. Then PROFIT! The strategy is easy, its the hardware that's hard. But I don't think they understand the simplicity of the strategy... Apple its going to bring an iphone out to the four big carriers in the usa, then Androids sales numbers will go down. I predict this even though I'd be sad to see it happen. Cus I have a Tmobile Vibrant and a Sprint Pre.

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