While the French, thanks to mobile phone carrier SFR, have been enjoying the new Palm Pre 2 for a couple of weeks now, those outside of France have had to look on with steely eyes.

But that wait is soon to be over, says HP.

Hewlett Packard has confirmed to Pocket-lint that the Palm Pre 2, sporting the new webOS 2.0, will be available SIM-free in the UK from Friday 12 November.

Featuring webOS 2.0, the Palm Pre 2 will pack a 1GHz CPU and have a 5-megapixel camera, a glass screen, plus "a sleeker, streamlined design that still gives users the ideal combination of a vivid touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard".

The new webOS 2.0 is the evolution of the software that was present on the first wave of Palm handsets and brings with it True Multitasking; Just Type, which lets you compose without opening an app; HP Synergy and Exhibition apps, for when your phone is charging and Flash 10.1, Skype, TextAssist, Quickoffice mobile suite and Facebook 2.0.

UPDATE: Check out our PHOTOS: Palm Pre 2 hands on