HP Pre3 - Measuring this year's hottest smartphones
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To many analysts, the Pre3 is the kind of phone that Palm should have brought to the market when it first introduced webOS in 2009. The device has support for CDMA EVDO Rev. A and HSPA+ networks, making it a world phone. The Pre3 has a 3.58-inch touchscreen, 1.4 GHz Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon processor, a wider and larger slide-out keyboard, Wi-Fi capabilities, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and either 8 or 16 GB of storage.
The device is a prime showcase for webOS' multitasking functionality and its new touch-to-share function, which allows users to tap the phone to the TouchPad (HP's new tablet) to share Web addresses between the devices. "The Pre3 will test the idea that HP just needs to step up the app count of the platform," to have a successful device launch, NPD Group analyst Ross Rubin said.
HP also is going to plow large amounts of cash into marketing its new webOS devices, which could give it the push in the market that Palm could never provide. One big question mark for the Pre3 is which carriers will support it and if that support translates into momentum.