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
"Palm BP1" 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

The Palm Pre 2 /ˈpr/, styled as palm prē 2,[1] is a slider smartphone designed and marketed by Palm, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard with a multi-touch screen and a physical 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) surrounded with plastic trim, a faster processor, an upgraded camera. The plastic door which covered the microUSB port on previous iterations, considered flimsy by some, was 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, several specifications of Pre 2, including processor speed and memory, were leaked on France's SFR website,[6] prior to its official launch 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. The last version to be available for the Pre 2 was version 2.2.4, subject to carrier approval on certain models however.

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