HP’s next flagship smartphone, the webOS powered Pre 3, could be hitting store shelves in Blighty as early as next month, as online vendors begin taking pre-orders for the handset.
Play.com is currently accepting preorders for the kit for £349.99 with a July 8th shipping date. Amazon.de in Germany, meanwhile, is listing it for €449.99. That roughly works out to £395, so it's a bit more expensive, although it expects to have the Pre 3 in stock a little sooner on June 30th.
Unveiled officially at HP’s Think Beyond event in February, the Pre 3 is the third major refresh of the original Pre launched in 2009 by Palm, which HP acquired last summer.
Standout features include a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor with an Adreno 205 GPU, a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen enforced with Gorilla glass, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and dual front and back snappers of 1.3-megapixel and five-megapixel resolutions respectively.
Elsewhere there’s 16GB of onboard storage, a gamut of sensors and connectivity options (think: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB).
What Pre fans can look forward to the most though is version 2.2 smartphone-optimised edition of webOS, which adds improved multitasking, the latest release of Adobe’s Flash Player and an enhanced universal search called Just Type.
Keep ‘em peeled for information regarding contract plans for the Pre 3 in the weeks to come.