Meet the new Pre, same as the old Pre

pre-2-2Well, maybe not on the inside, but the outside sure looks like more of the same from HP/Palm. According to the website of the French carrier SFR, this is the upcoming Pre 2. Needless to say there is no mention of date but the site did give us some intriguing details of the specs of the device, and some subtle refinements of the design.

My feeling is that due to the fact that the original Pre never lived up to its hype (and fell far short of its projected sales), subtle changes may not be the way to go for Palm at this point, especially with HP backing them. Some bold innovations and reworkings may have more of an effect on the handset's “what if?” status as a device that should have challenged the iPhone but didn’t. After all, the Pre was overwhelmed and left for dead in the smartphone market when it first came out, and now things are much more crowded and cutthroat.

Check out the rumored specs, translated by PreCentral from the French, after the jump.

  • 1GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • Same design as the current Pre series, but with a “flatter screen” and “more refined design”
  • Simple, exposed bicroUSB port
  • Matter finish (meaning likely improved plastic)
  • Faster boot time

So are you in the market for the Pre 2?

[PreCentral]
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Zealot Benmergui

Zealot is a former contributing editor at Pocketables.