HP launches Pre 3 and Veer smartphones

The first one caused a real splash, but the Palm Pre 2 sneaked out with pretty much no fanfare as the networks decided to give it a miss in the UK. Well, just a few months on and the Palm name has now disappeared, with the next-generation smartphone going by the name of the HP Pre 3.

It's more evolution for a phone that got a great review in its original form. The same form factor is still on view for the latest model, hosting a 3.6-inch 800 x 480 display and of course, that slide-out QWERTY keyboard. But acccording to Engadget, things have changed under the bonnet. On and in the new version, you'll find a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, the option to shoot 720p HD video, a front-facing camera for video calling, an improved webOS 2.2 operating system and mobile hotspot technology, the latter already present on Android phones.

You'll also find a Qualcomm MSM 8x55 1.4GHz CPU, 512MB DRAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, with some neat functionality that allows the phone to work with the TouchPad for sharing and dealing with communications on the larger device. Yes, they want you to buy two HP gadgets this year.

Talking of dates, no news as yet for this for the UK, but it will land in the summer in 16GB and 32GB sizes in the US.

It's not the only new HP smartphone though. If you want something a little smaller, the HP Veer could be for you. The smallest of all webOS smartphones, the Veer packs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 7230 processor running at 800MHz, a 2.6-inch 320 x 400 display, 5-megapixel EDoF camera, HSPA+ support, 8GB of storage, an accelerometer, proximity and light sensors and mobile hotspot support.

This one is due in the US this spring, with no UK details offered, or indeed pricing for anywhere in the world.

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