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HP Pre 3 gets officially priced up

Business and consumer electronics giant Hewlett-Packard has unveiled the cost of the new HP Pre 3 mobile phone as £399, although no arrival date has been made public as yet by HP.

The HP Pre 3 was launched days before Mobile World Congress this year, along with the small Veer handset and the company’s TouchPad tablet – all of which runs from the Palm acquired webOS platform.

Hewlett-Packard has made public the price of the HP Pre 3 through the Palm on-line store, but the mobile phone has a note attached that reads, “Availability: Currently out of stock” – as the device has yet to go on sale.

The Pre 3 arrives with one of the largest Qwerty keyboards seen on a Pre device, with a familiar gesture area that accompanied the older Palm devices. The phone has a 3.58-inch 480x800 WVGA touch screen, with a 8 or 16GB of storage, a 1.4Ghz Snapgragon CPU and 5 megapixel camera that’s capable of HD video recording.

The webOS on the Pre 3 still has a similar look to the past Palm mobile phones, with a fast multitasking OS that effortlessly displays multiple running application with the ability to switch between over 200 apps running at once with no lag on the phone.

This isn’t an unusual tact by Palm to sell a phone directly, as the successor to the Pre and Pre Plus also went on sale in the same way – with the Palm Pre 2 arriving back in November last year, also with a cost of £399.

One Mobile Ring caught up with Hewlett-Packard at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, where we published a hands-on walkthrough in pictures here.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.