Palm Pre 2

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Palm Pre 2
Manufacturer Palm, Inc.
Predecessor Palm Pre
Successor Pre 3
Related Palm Pixi
Palm Pre
Form factor Slider smartphone
Dimensions 100.7 mm (3.96 in) (h)
59.6 mm (2.35 in) (w)
16.9 mm (0.67 in) (d)
Weight 145 g (5.1 oz)
Operating system webOS
CPU Texas Instruments OMAP 3630 clocked at 1GHz (ARM Cortex-A8) + PowerVR SGX clocked at 430Mhz
Memory 512 MB 200MHz DDR DRAM
Storage Flash memory 16 GB
Battery 3.7 V 1150 mAh
Internal rechargeable removable lithium-ion battery
Data inputs Multi-touch touchscreen display, volume controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer
Display 320 × 480 px, 3.1 in (79 mm) HVGA, 24-bit color LCD
Rear camera 5.0 megapixel camera with LED flash, "extended depth of field", and geotagging
"Pre 2" redirects here. For the computer game, see Prehistorik 2.

The Palm Pre 2 /ˈpr/, styled as palm prē 2,[1] is a multimedia smartphone designed and marketed by Palm, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard with a multi-touch screen and a sliding keyboard. The smartphone is the third to use Palm's Linux based mobile operating system, webOS (releasing with version 2.0). The Pre 2 functions as a camera phone, a portable media player, and has location and navigation capabilities. The Pre also serves as a personal information manager, has a number of communication and collaboration applications, and has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity built-in.[2]

The Palm Pre 2 was announced on October 19, 2010, with an initial launch date of October 22, 2010, on French carrier SFR. It was also announced that the Pre 2 would be coming to United States carrier Verizon Wireless, Rogers Wireless in Canada, and also as an unlocked UMTS developer phone.[3]

Additions include a flat Gorilla-glass screen (instead of the curved plastic of its predecessors), a faster processor, an upgraded camera, and the plastic door to cover the microUSB port (called flimsy by some) has been removed. Otherwise, the Pre 2 has the same size and design as its predecessors.

The Pre 2 was the last mobile phone to be branded with the Palm name. The Pre 3, Veer and Touchpad were branded as HP devices.

History[edit]

On August 11, 2010, webOS developer Geoff Gauchet discovered that an unknown device with the code name "Roadrunner" was accessing his Foursquare app using a new version of webOS, version 2.0.[4][5]

On October 12, 2010, the Pre 2 was leaked on France's SFR website.[6] Several specifications were revealed, including processor speed and memory. It was later officially launched on SFR on October 22.[7]

On November 18, 2010, the Pre 2 became available in the U.S. as an unlocked developer device.[8]

On December 20, 2010, the Pre 2 launched in Canada on Rogers Wireless.[9]

On February 17, 2011, the Pre 2 launched in the U.S. on Verizon Wireless.[10]

Software[edit]

The Pre 2 is the first phone to use version 2.0 of HP Palm's webOS.

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