HP is looking to get out of the consumer electronics market
and fast. Following on the rush to purchase cut price TouchPads yesterday,
similar scenes are likely with news that HP’s last ever phone, the Pre 3, will
go on sale for a ludicrously low price of £49.
Yesterday’s fire sale of the TouchPad, costing just £89 at
some retailers, showed HP that the best way to get rid of its stockpile of now-redundant
webOS devices is to cut the price massively.
The Pre 3 has had a long road to market since we first saw it back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last February. It was since been
spotted in various places but has yet to go on sale to the public.
Now news from the United States suggests that HP will
be selling the handsets at the hugely discounted price of £49 – £250 less than
it’s quoted SIM-free less than a week ago.
IT was only last week that HP announced the shock news that
it was planning on shelving its range of webOS-based smartphones and tablets.
Yesterday HP announced the TouchPad would go on sale for £89 and within minutes
of it going on sale, it sold out.
There has been no official announcement from HP regarding
which retailers will be selling the HP Pre 3 at the discounted price.
Should you manage to get your hands on one, then you’ll get
a 3.6in WVGA touchscreen with slide-out portrait QWERTY keyboard, a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM 8×55
CPU, a 1230 mAh battery and 512MB DRAM and a 5 megapixel camera, which is a
whole lot of phone for just £49.
Of course, you’ll also get what could be a collector’s item
in a few years – a webOS phone. And together with your £89 TouchPad, you should
have all your mobile needs covered for the tasty price of £138.
Let us know if you think a Pre 3 for £49 is a bargain, or is
it too little too late from HP?
Via: The Telegraph