New HP Pre 3 gets more business-like

HP Pre 3

Third-time still luckier? The Pre smartphones have mostly been going down well with the general populace since the first version was released by Palm. HP’s been chipping away at a new iteration which has been dubbed Pre 3. Running webOS, the handset sports a 3.5” touchscreen along with a full slide-out backlit keyboard. HP describes it as a ‘multitasking professional workhorse that’s perfectly balanced for speed and serious fun’.

Powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8x55 processor, the phone accommodates Flash Player 10.1 beta for access to rich web content and offers 8GB or 16GB of onboard memory. A 5MP AF camera with LED flash adorns the rear and a VGA camera sits on the front for video calling purposes. Business users can avail of e-mail and encrypted data storage supported by VPN for connectivity to corporate networks.

The Pre 3 can stand in as a mobile hotspot for sharing wireless connectivity with a maximum of five Wi-Fi capable devices simultaneously. A rechargeable 1,230mAh battery keeps it going and the HP Touchstone compatibility means that the phone can be recharged through this HP dock. A special ringer switch may be invoked to mute the ringer with a simple touch and content can be transferred easily between desktop and Pre 3 with the USB mass storage mode.

“In the suite of webOS products we’re introducing today, Pre 3 is our premier phone, designed for the speed of business,” explained Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. “It enables professionals to accomplish more of their important workday tasks while easily keeping their fingers on the pulse of their personal lives.”

The connectivity options span over integrated GPS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support. This 5.5oz-light handset also features HP’s touch-to-share technology, access to the webOS App Catalog and HP Synergy. Other specifications cover an accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor, light sensor, likely Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite integration and more.

Just like the TouchPad, the HP Pre 3 is scheduled for a summer 2011 launch.