Pre 2 to be available unlocked 'direct from HP,' camera quality and RAM speed increased | webOS Nation

Pre 2 to be available unlocked 'direct from HP,' camera quality and RAM speed increased

by Derek Kessler Sat, 30 Oct 2010 2:05 pm EDT

  Palm Pre 2

Bits are still trickling out about the fine details of the still-yet-to-be-reviewed Palm Pre 2. This time, Palm Senior Product Manager Tim Pettitt revealed to videoblog that, yes, the Pre 2 has a Gorilla Glass screen. The phone’s new 5 megapixel camera still packs the magic-sharpening “extended depth of field” tech from the original Pre, but now can take a picture as fast as every second and includes better white balancing for better picturing.

What really caught our attention, however, was that the Pre 2 would be available unlocked for GSM users directly from Whether that’s the “steeply discounted” developer device previously discussed, or a separate consumer release of the unlocked device, is unclear. Regardless, we’re still happy to hear that there’ll be an unlocked version of the phone available to regular Joe consumers that happen to have a spare SIM card lying around. Pricing and availability will be announced in, you guessed it, the coming months.

In other news, French developer ScienceApps (the blogger behind Palmpre-France) posted on Twitter further nitty-gritty specifications about the Pre 2. As we suspected, the processor is the Texas Instruments OMAP 3630, clocked at a full 1GHz. Additionally, while the Pre 2 does have the same amount of RAM as the older Pre Plus (512MB), the memory memory chips are now of the 200MHz variety, as opposed to the 166MHz in the Pre and Pre Plus. Overall, this will all combine for a faster, snappier, and longer-lasting device.

Source: YouTube, ScienceApps (Twitter), Palmpre-France; Via: webOSroundup (1, 2)