HP announced a new handset for the Pre range – the HP Pre 3. Essentially it’s what Palm Pre 2 should’ve been. Bigger, faster and higher resolution screen. The screen size was bumped to 3.6 inch and resolution to 800 x 480 pixels. For those who complained that Palm Pre had a slow processor shouldn’t have any problems with HP Pre 3 as it is powered by a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8×55 processor. Other features include 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and 720p HD video recording, front-facing camera, WiFi b/g/n, bluetooth 2.1, a-GPS, 1230 mAh battery and 512MB RAM. Naturally it will run the webOS 2.2. Two options will be available this summer – 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage. No word on pricing yet. Check the hands-on video, photos, accessories and full specifications after the break.
It’s been leaked and hinted couple of times and now here is the official announcement of the first webOS tablet – the HP TouchPad. We have been most excited to see this baby as we absolutely love the webOS since its initial launch as it was sleek, fast and offered true multitasking. HP opted for a standard 4:3 screen the same as it is found in the Apple iPad which was a bit unexpected as most other manufacturers opted out for a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio screens as they are more suited for enjoying multimedia so HP has really gone directly after the iPad with its 9.7 inch (1024 x 768 px) tablet. It will feature a flush multitouch screen, virtual keayboard, instant-on access and web broser will offer full support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1. All of that will be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor which should make it extremely fast and responsive
While Palm Pre 2 brings hardware improvements with a fast 1GHz processor and software improvements with webOS 2.0 it fails to impress due to by today’s standards a small screen (3.1 inch), small QWERTY keys and no on-screen keyboard. Specifications and video review after the break.
After HP purchased Palm for about $1.2 billion things have gone a bit quite on the development of the webOS 2.0 even though HP stated they will continue the work Palm started and even expand it to tablets and even printers. So the release of webOS 2.0 (HP webOS) came a bit of surprise to us. The new webOS 2.0 definitely looks like a great operating system and is as polished as Apple iOS and in some aspects it eve surpasses it. Now the only thing standing in its way to become best is a state-of-the art handset. Don’t get us wrong Palm Pre and Pixi are solid smartphones but compared to iPhone 4 and HTC Desire HD specs list they look like 2 year old smartphones.
It’s been relatively quite in the Palm camp since the acquisition by HP but Palm (HP) is back in the smartphone game with beefed-up Palm Pre 2 running the latest webOS 2.0 (HP webOS) operating system. We have always had a soft spot for both Palm Pre and Pixi as they look great and the webOS is a very smooth and polished operating system. The only reason we haven’t purchased one was that it is exclusive to 02 in the UK.