When we got our hands on the HP Pre 3 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) last February, we were seriously impressed. But, just like the Touchpad, HP disappointed us by saying the handset wouldn’t be available until the summer. Well guess what, it’s now the summer and the Pre 3 is up for pre-order.
Just like the TouchPad last week, HP is finally releasing the webOS phone, and it will be the first without the Palm branding after HP unceremoniously did away with any mention of moniker. The Pre 3 will run webOS 2.2 when released on 8 July according to a listing on Play.com which is offering pre-orders of the unlocked handset for £349.99. The general response HP got to the Pre 3 at MWC was very positive especially with the slick webOS 2.2 software and the excellent keyboard.
HP’s flagship handset has the familiar sliding portrait QWERTY keyboard but comes with a 3.6in, 800 x 480 display, which is a marked improvement over the previous model, which had a resolution of 480 x 320. It has a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, 720p HD video, a front-facing camera for video calling and mobile hotspot. Powering all this is an impressive 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM 8x55 CPU. It also has 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, A-GPS, a 1230 mAh battery and 512MB DRAM. The Pre 3 has a lot to make it stand out from the crowd of smartphones currently available, most notably the webOS platform, and this could see it succeed.
With a loyal webOS community eager to get their grubby mitts on this handset, we expect it to sell well when it goes on sale next month - but will it have enough to attract the average punter? We’re not sure but we’ll be getting one in for a bit of testing soon and we’ll be sure to let you know what we think.