HP Pre 3 Announced

HP made a number of announcements last night. The next of those after the HP TouchPad is the HP Pre 3. The HP Pre 3 is a follow on from the Palm Pre 2 with the new HP branding.

The HP Pre 3 has a slide down QWERTY keyboard and uses the same form factor as previous versions when under the Palm brand. It has a 3.6 inch screen that is capable of showing 800 x 480 pixels. This is a step up in terms of resolution from the previous versions.

On the back, a 5 megapixel camera can be found. There’s a camera on the front as well allowing video calls to be made between other Pre users as well as TouchPad users.

The device runs the webOS 2.2 operating system (the new tablet runs webOS 3.0). The processor running the Pre 3 is a Qualcomm MSM 8×55 running at 1.4GHz. It has GPS built in. Wireless and Bluetooth are also built in. As for storage, it comes in two capacities of either 8GB or 16GB. Other sensors built in include an ambient light sensor, accelerometer, compass and proximity.

Overall, a decent step in the right direction for the Pre. The original sold well but the Pre 2 seemed to fall short in some ways. From looking at the specs and with the boost of the TouchPad, the Pre 3 could sell well.

Pricing is still unknown for the Pre 3 as is a release date. What we do know is that it’s available in the Summer, but unfortunately HP is not being any more specific than that.

Full details at Palm.

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