HP Pre3: 1.4GHz webOS flagship

HP has officially announced the third-generation Pre, the HP Pre3, the company's new flagship webOS smartphone. Based around a 3.58-inch WVGA 800 x 480 touchscreen and offering an enlarged slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the Pre3 runs Qualcomm's 1.4GHz MSM8x55 chipset with either 8GB or 16GB of storage. HP has also used its new Touchstone technology, which allows the new webOS range to transfer information by tapping them together.

The Pre3 gets two cameras, 5-megapixels on the back capable of shooting HD video, and a front-facing camera for video calls. Connectivity includes 3G, WiFi and HP mobile hotspot support, together with GPS and Flash Player 10.1 support. HP will be preloading the QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite for the business audience, and of course there's the webOS app store for third-party titles. It's also a world phone, with both HSPA+ and EVDO Rev.A connectivity.

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No word on pricing or which carriers we can expect to see the HP Pre3 launch on, or indeed whether HP will be pushing it unlocked as has been the case in some regions with the Pre 2. The HP Pre3 will go on sale in summer 2011.