Palm Pre 2 slips out to show off 1GHz chipset and webOS 2.0

Palm Pre 2 slips out to show off 1GHz chipset and webOS 2.0
Out of the blue the possible first device from Palm after HP acquired the once glorious, but embattled smartphone pioneer, slid through the cracks to appear on the website of the French carrier SFR. Called the Palm Pre 2, it doesn't break radically with the tradition, but instead enhances it where it had to.

The Palm Pre 2 will enter the world of modern smartphones with a 1GHz processor, possibly Texas Instrument's OMAP3630, coupled to 512MB of RAM, which has reduced the boot time, and will undoubtedly improve performance. The design is more streamlined than the previous Palm Pre phones, and the screen is listed as "flatter". There is a regular microUSB port, and the overall finish beams quality, compared to the pre-acquisition versions. Sporting not only hardware enhancements, but also a brand spanking new webOS 2.0, its major innovation is touted as push Facebook. We suppose that means real-time feed from the all-important social network, with all its status updates, wall postings, calendar sync, and chat. Not something a dedicated app would not do, but knowing Palm, they have probably nailed the "push" feature seamlessly in webOS 2.0.

All in all, it seems like a noble next addition to the Palm stable, without breaking completely with the root looks, while giving the already excellent webOS the hardware it deserves. Are you liking the direction Palm is taking with its new device?

via PreCentral

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Pre 2
  • Display 3.1 inches
    480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Storage 16GB,
  • OS webOS 2.1



9. frustyak

Posts: 249; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Sure is a lot of pissing on Palm going on here. Let's wait until we see something more definitive before we continue dumping on them. I for one am eager to see what the next gen of Pre will be like. The Pre was stuck in a nasty Catch-22 where developers wouldn't make apps for it because few people were using it, but people weren't using it because of the lack of app support. Hopefully now that the WebOS platform will have more than two devices maybe people will take notice of this beautiful OS.

11. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i agree with you, but minor tweeks and upgrades just arent going to win over many new customers or keep many current palm users. i have a ppp and i LOVE it, but with out some serious new features, im going to grow bored and try something else.

6. Jake15

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 18, 2009

I have the pre plus i have to say the new pre better be constructed a lot better than the plus becuase i barely had the phone for more than like a month and i dropped it and the power button popped out of the phone. That is really dumb when it can't even take a little drop...

8. kdsla unregistered

you know what is dumber..? To drop your phone. Don't do that, man.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Look what happened with the palm pre plus. Nobody gave a damn because of it's minor improvements and once again nobody will give a damn for this neither. At least the iphone has a 3.5 inch display with the high resolution screens and android has every kind of phone you could ask for in terms of speed, power, and screen size. It's very lazy to just slap on a few changes and call it a day. Have these morons not seen the blackberry storms?

4. smithy unregistered

Certainly appears to be one of the most underwhelming new devices in recent years. But perhaps it isn't accurate, it may be prudent to reserve the raspberries until more confirmations are available.

3. Bankai unregistered

With the iOs android os and now the wp7 os who would want a webos for palm? Lol lmao at least change the damn display. No wow factors. Palm is going underneath the hole.

10. XxVerbalxX unregistered

ur actually seriously thinking any windows cell phone will run better than webOS? Because those windows phones track records are so damn good. I mean the kins sold like crazy right....oh wait

1. lewislee unregistered

What a fucking waste of time palm wow I hope you are happy that you have no creAtivity so that's why you keep making the same design on all your fucking phones I'm definitely not buying what a fail .

2. XxVerbalxX unregistered

tell us how you really feel. Did the HP CEO piss in ur cheerios this morning? Phone looks fine, hopefully no screen/keyboard issues like pre 1. No micro SD slot mentioned? That would b lame considering they cut the on board memory in half.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i dunno. it seems like all they did was up the specs so tech geeks would get interested. 1ghz is ordinary now. What really gets me is it looks like the exact same design as the last one. They need to just get over the femm look and make it bigger. What are the hottest selling phones? iphone4, galaxyS series, Evo and DroidX/2. All have at least a 3.5 inch screen up to 4.2 and some have keyboards. All have a 1ghz processor and a proven/popular OS. Palm needs to step up to hit a home run, not just hope to get on base if they want to stay in the game.

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