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HP Pre 3 Coming To Play.com In July For £350

The HP Pre 3 is set to launch in the UK via online retailer Play.com (opens in new tab) on the 8th of July for £350, unlocked and unbranded, which is a surprise given that it has yet to be launched in the US.

We first saw the handset last February in Barcelona and it therefore took HP nearly five months to launch it over here. The device comes with a single core 1.4GHz system on chip, a MSM8655 chipset, the same that goes into the HTC Flyer, 512MB RAM and 15GB onboard storage.

What sets it apart though is its slide out QWERTY keyboard that has taken onboard the best that the original Palm Pre handsets had to offer, including the slightly raised keys and the curved alignments of the keys.

The Pre 3 also sports a 3.58-inch, 800x480-pixel capacitive touchscreen, a five megapixel rear camera with HD video recording capabilities, a VGA front facing camera, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and support for Touchstone, the wireless charger.

One of the key features of the Pre 3 is the WebOS 2.2 operating system which offers some unique capabilities like the HP Synergy, a smart syncing solution and the ability to be used as a hotspot.

Interestingly, Play is also selling the original Palm Pre for £190 while the Pre 2 is offered for £340, just £10 less than the Pre 3.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.