HP Pre 3 confirmed for Orange

Earlier this month, we said that the HP Pre 3 had no network confirmation for the UK. Well, that's just changed, with Orange accidentally confirming that the webOS smartphone will be landing on its network on these shores.

How? Well the network managed to upload a support page for the phone. Bad move if you want to keep it secret. The page, which was spotted by Engadget, confirms the specification of the handset, but sadly for us, doesn't give that all-important launch date. We suspect that is soon. After all, the SIM-free brigade are offering it 'before the end of August', so it wouldn't be a surprise to see Orange offering it at roughly the same time.

That specification was confirmed as being slightly different from the launch spec, a change in processor means we're talking a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU rather than a 1.4GHz chip. But apart from that and an upgrade to webOS 2.2, it's as you were. Which means a 3.6-inch 800x480 WVGA display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a five-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash and the option to shoot 720p HD video plus a front-facing camera for video calling. All of that topped off with 512MB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and A-GPS.

As for price, that's also still up in the air. But we would get the mid-to-high-end price of between £30 and £40 per month if you want to get your hands on one for free. Stay tuned for official confirmation – it's imminent.

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