Palm Pre 2 announced with October 22nd launch date

Pre 2 to pack webOS 2.0, 1GHz processor and 5-meg camera

HP announce Palm Pre just days ahead of launch in France

The heavily rumoured Palm Pre 2 has been officially unveiled by HP running the webOS 2.0 operating system with a launch date sooner than anyone expected, this Friday, October 22nd.

Set to land in France later this week with network provider SFR, the 1GHz processor packing Palm Pre 2 will then hit shores in the US and Canada “in the coming months”. A release date for a UK market has yet to be unveiled.

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Running the new webOS 2.0, an evolved form of the software found in the original Palm Pre handset, the new Palm Pre 2 will feature True Multitasking, the coveted Flash 10.1, Quickoffice mobile suite, HP Synergy and Just Type, a program that will allow users to compose text without opening an app.

Onthe hardware front the newly announced Palm device will pack a 5-megapixel camera and what Palm is describing as: “a sleeker, streamlined design that still gives users the ideal combination of a vivid touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard.”

"With webOS 2.0, we’re advancing the innovations we introduced 16 months ago, expanding the features that make webOS great for consumers, enterprises and developers," said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP.

Further discussing the operating system that will be rolled out for existing Palm users in the coming months, Rubinstein added: "We’ve made tremendous strides since the platform launched, and now we’re taking our biggest leap forward with powerful new features that make it easier to get more things done with your webOS device."

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