HP Pre 3 coming soon to Orange

webOS powered smartphone likely to be released next month

August 16, 2011

Those of you awaiting a smartphone with a different OS might have had their eye on the Pre 3, the sequel to the Palm Pre 2 (with Palm having been bought up by HP).

The handset is webOS powered, and one of the few phones you’ll be able to purchase these days which isn’t Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry, Symbian (which is on the way out) or an iPhone.

The Pre 3 was supposed to be out this summer, but now we’re well into August, it’s not clear whether the phone will make that release window.

Some retailers are still showing it with a release date of August, while others such as Play.com have the handset listed with a September date. It’s unclear as to exactly when the Pre 3 will finally emerge.

Although what does seem to be clear is that Orange will be carrying the webOS touting device, as the operator has put up a help and support page for customers who’ve taken on the Pre 3. We’re guessing that pre-orders, or should that be Pre-pre-orders, will be starting soon…

The spec of the Pre 3 includes a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.6 inch 800×480 display, and a slide-out Qwerty keyboard complete with backlight. 8GB of memory will be on board, along with webOS 2.2.

Camera-wise, there are two present, one a low-res front-facer for video chats, the other a 5 megapixel snapper with autofocus and LED flash. The Pre 3 is set to retail around the £350 mark sim-free, and we should imagine Orange will have it for free from £30 per month.


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