HP has officially announced the launch of its new Palm Pre 2 smartphone based on next generation of webOS – HP webOS 2.0. According to the company, the new webOS 2.0 operating system offers an array of advanced features including True Multitasking, Just Type, HP Synergy, Exhibition, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, Skype Mobile (Verizon Wireless only), Favorites, Text Assist, Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite and more.

Key features of Palm Pre 2:

  • Streamlined design with a smooth glass display
  • 1 GHz processor and slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Vibrant 3.1-inch multi-touch HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) screen
  • 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, geo-tagging and video recording
  • Built-in GPS for location-based services in apps such as Foursquare, Google Maps and Yelp
  • Based on new HP webOS 2.0 platform
  • High-capacity 16GB internal memory
  • Talk time: up to 5.5 hours ; Standby time: up to 350 hours

“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,” commented Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager for Palm Global Business Unit at HP. “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.”

The new sleek, stylish Palm Pre 2 which measures 2.35 x 3.96 x 0.67 inches and weighs 5.1 ounces will hit SFR stores (France) on October 22, expected to be available in the U.S. and Canada in the near future.