HP could launch the Palm Pre 2 smartphone in the UK on 12 November, as the company looks to capitalise on its acquisition of Palm by working quickly to gain a foothold in the market.
HP has reportedly announced that the smartphone will ship on 12 November, but told V3.co.uk that no shipping date has been confirmed.
While the manufacturer remains tight-lipped about the release date and price, it is likely that the Pre 2 is ready to ship in UK, having been available in France since the end of October.
The form factor will remain the same as its predecessor, and Palm has opted to retain the 3.1in multi-touch HVGA screen and slide-out Qwerty keyboard.
One of the key upgrades to the Pre 2 includes the latest version of Palm's mobile operating system, WebOS 2, which supports multitasking with open applications grouped together in card stacks.
The Just Type feature lets users create an email or update their status by typing and then selecting what to do with the text, while the Exhibition feature runs specially designed apps such as an alarm clock or photo slideshow from the HP Touchstone Charging Dock.
Hardware updates include a 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, a glass screen and a streamlined design. The handset also comes with 16GB of internal storage, and supports use as a USB mass storage device.
Microsoft Exchange, Direct Push and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support will be present out of the box, and other additions that could attract business users include Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite and enhanced support for HTML5 features in the browser.
Information from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Yahoo accounts can be pulled out to populate the device's contacts list, and HP has stated that Synergy has been opened up to developers so that they can connect apps to Messaging, Contacts and Calendar applications.
HP will be hoping that the revamped device can deliver strong sales, unlike the Palm Pre and Pre Plus devices which, while critically acclaimed, struggled to take on the iPhone and BlackBerry.
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