The recently announced and launched HPPalmPre 2 is the first webOS smartphone from HP, after it acquired Palm earlier this year; but it's also the first webOS 2.0. The Palm Pre 2 (which follows the Palm Pre and the Palm Pre Plus) is available in a North American CDMA version as well as a rest of the world UMTS version. It's powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU and features a 5 megapixel fixfocus camera with LED flash. The GSM/UMTS version supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz but also lacks support for HSUPA. Nevertheless, also onboard are WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a built-in GPS receiver and an accelerometer as well as an ambient light and proximity sensor.
Like the Palm Pre Plus, the Palm Pre 2 comes with 16 GB inbuilt memory which can neither expanded nor changed. Quite different from the Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus is the 3.1" HVGA touchscreen which is not curved anymore but flat and and now made of scratch resistant and high-quality Gorilla glass. While the Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus where made of glossy piano-black plastic (only the (initially) separately available Touchstone battery cover was a kind of soft-touch) the Palm Pre 2 is now made of a kind of black soft-touch plastic and as expected, the battery cover is Touchstone-ready. At a size of 59.6 x 100.7 x 16.9 mm, the HP Pre 2 weights 145 g.
The GSM/UMTS Palm Pre 2 with webOS 2.0 is now available in France from SFR as well as from HP Palm and open market shops. It's furthermore scheduled to be available in the coming months in the United States from Verizon Wireless.