Hey folks…looks like the Palm Pre 2 will come standard with Gorilla Glass as do the current line of Motorola Droid phones. No cheap plastic here, eh? I expected nothing less as Palm now has HP’s full backing and can now afford to bring a better design with rock-solid materials. This glass may be thin but it’s very hard to break, scratch or dent. Corning invented the glass in 1962 and for good reason. Are you Verizon fans excited about this device? It’s supposed to be dropping at Big Red on November 11. It will also bring webOS 2.0 to the table which I will be excited to see. Original Pre owners will be upgraded for free to the new operating system. Looks like the rear-camera received an upgrade to 5 megapixels as well. Competition is good but good competition is even better, right? Sound off in the comments on your thoughts on the Pre 2. Are you heading to VZW on November 11 to check it out or order online? Hit us up in the comments with your reaction.
Among the many issues that held back the Palm Pre from becoming the Apple iPhone challenger that everyone thought it would be, was a build quality that many compared to a Fisher-Price toy. Now that Palm has HP’s money behind it, the handset can be spruced-up with some better and more solid materials.
For example, the new thinner screen for the Palm Pre 2 is made from Gorilla Glass. That is the same material used on the Motorola DROID line of phones among others. Made by Corning, the invention sat around from 1962 until it was first used in 2008. The specially treated glass is hard to break, dent or scratch despite how thin it is.
Improving the speed of the device was another aim of the team working on the Palm Pre 2. This was done by putting the usual 1GHz chip under the hood. In the video below, HP Senior Product Manager Tim Pettitt explains the changes made to the Palm Pre 2 as the team focused on improving speed and optimizing multitasking on the device. One improvement was to upgrade the camera on the rear to 5MP. Another change was made in the QWERTY keyboard which now makes a “click” that is heard when pressing on the keys.
All owners of the first-gen Pre are expected to be entitled to upgrade to the new webOS 2.0 once the new phone is officially released. Speaking of which, the Palm Pre 2 launched this past Friday in France, with the U.S. version expected to be released by Verizon on November 11th as we have reported. With the name recognition and product distribution that HP has around the globe, Palm has decided to sell a GSM model directly to buyers with an unlocked SIM.
Source: Phone Arena
Category: Tech News