HP Announces Palm Pre 3 Handset

HP has updated its Palm Pre handset, delivering the Pre 3 yesterday, one which looks like an elongated Palm Pre with a much bigger screen.

The latter is a 3.6-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, a tad bigger than the iPhone 4 as a point of reference.

The phone itself tips the scale at 156g and has a thickness of 16mm making it bigger than the Apple smartphone.

There's two cameras, a rear one with a five-megapixel resolution, AF and LED flash; the front facing one allows for video conferencing and comes with built in noise reduction.

We're surprised to see that HP has included a Qualcomm MSM8255 CPU, one which is clocked at a whopping 1.4GHz.

Other features include a 1230mAh battery, A-GPS, 512MB RAM, Touchstone compatibility, Wi-Fi, WebOS 2.2, mobile hotspot, 8GB or 16GB version plus that vertical slide out keyboard with raised, rounded buttons.

One rather unique feature of the Palm Pre 3 is that it will be able to share URLs with the Touch Pad simply by touching both devices using a feature called touch-to-share.

The phone will be available this summer in the US with O2 likely to bring it in the UK as the heir to the Palm Pre 2.