HP Pre 3 Smartphone To Launch In UK For £349

The HP Pre 3 smartphone has started to crop up on a number of UK-based online retailers with one mobile phone operator, Orange, putting up an official support page for the follow-up to the Palm Pre 2.

Curiously enough, the Pre 3 at Orange apparently comes with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm SoC rather than the 1.4GHz model expected, and it seems that the network will only sell the 8GB model, not the 16GB one.

Popular online retailer Expansys updated the product page for the Pre 3, adding that the phone should be available as early as next week, for £394. That's significantly more expensive than the £349.99 Play.com will charge.

Unlike Orange, the description of the Pre 3 on the retailers' websites matches the original specs released by HP. There's that 3.58-inch WVGA touchscreen display, a single core Qualcomm MSM8655 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage with USB mass storage support and a microSD card slot.

Other notable features include a slide out QWERTY keyboard, HP WebOS 2.2, a front facing VGA camera and a rear five-megapixel camera with AF, HD recording capabilities and flash.

As expected, the pebble-like smartphone will come with Touchstone charging capabilities, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth as well as HP's Synergy which allows the user to connect to multiple web services.