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Palm Pre 2 makes official debut, Verizon bound

HP announces the upcoming availability of the Palm Pre 2, which will be headed Verizon's way with Web OS 2.0 onboard.

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After an early slip-up by French carrier SFR, HP made it official and introduced the Palm Pre 2 on Tuesday.

The next-gen WebOS smartphone will indeed be available from SFR starting this Friday, but HP also revealed that the smartphone will be headed to Verizon Wireless in the coming months, as well as Canada.

The Pre 2 will be the first handset to ship running WebOS 2.0 and offers new features and enhancements, such as Stacks for grouping together related cards or open apps, an Exhibition view, which provides access to more information and views when a device is docked to the Touchstone charger, and support Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta.

In addition, the WebOS 2.0 brings a new QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite, HTML5 support for the browser, and Skype Mobile (via Verizon), among other things.

As for the device itself, you can see from the image that it's quite similar to the original Pre and Pre Plus (so much for new hardware, huh?). Measuring 3.96 inches tall by 2.35 inches wide by 0.67 inch thick and weighing 5.1 ounces, the Pre 2 features a 3.1-inch HVGA multitouch screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

The smartphone will also be armed with a 1GHz processor, 16GB of memory, and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash.

Pricing information was not announced at this time. Palm did say that developers will be able to purchase unlocked UMTS versions of the Pre 2 in order to build apps and services.

What do you guys think?