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HP changes the processor in the Pre 3

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HP changes the processor in the Pre 3
In a move that has gone completely unannounced, it appears that HP has changed the processor found inside of the yet-to-be released Pre 3 from a single-core 1.4GHz to a dual-core 1.2GHz processor.

This info comes courtesy of the official Pre 3 specs page on HP’s product site. Previously, the Pre 3 had a 1.4GHz Scorpion processor listed as the chipset of choice. For unknown reasons, HP has instead opted to include a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor inside of the device. Perhaps the change of heart is the reason that the Pre 3 has seen delays.

From the looks of the specs page every thing else remained the same. It still has the 3.6-inch, 480x800 WVGA display and 512 MB of RAM. It still has the 5 mega pixel camera with 720p video recording and LED flash around the back as well as a front-facing VGA camera.

Will HP ever tell us why they started with one CPU then opted for another? Maybe one day, but for now we’ll just have to live with a change in the specs page. Tell us what you think about the change in processor for the Pre 3 in the comments below.

source: HP via Clove

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posted on 15 Jul 2011, 09:44 4

1. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

I have always liked webOS but android is having a hard enough time keeping up in the quality apps department with apple, I just can't imagine how long it will take webOS to even get to android levels.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 13:55 2

18. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)

I agree with you.

The market is already saturated with Android & iOS I don't know how HP thinks they're realistically going to make waves. webOS might be a great platform, but if they don't have the Application support of Android/iOS then it'll just be a repeat of 2009.

It especially doesn't help webOS that they're hardware seems to always underwhelm. Sure they spec's are decent, but it's nothing to write home about. In addition the proprietary nature of the webOS platform is killing it's success more than anything.

webOS will continue to struggle until HP realizes it's a lost cause. It already failed once against Android and iOS alone. Now it also has WP7 to contend with. In my opinion the future doesn't look bright for webOS...

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 14:38

19. jdkrazer (unregistered)

guess you havent been paying attention to apples proprietary nature

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 15:00 1

21. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)

You think HP can pull off in 2011's over-saturated market what Apple did with the iPhone in 2007 with virtually no competition? The exact same thing Palm tried to pull off in 2009 and failed miserable at! If you really believe that, you're lying to yourself.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 09:45 6

2. 1515 (unregistered)

This makes the device look a ton better on the market.
It can also be marketed as a dual-core phone. THIS IS HUGE!

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 09:47

3. mfg68 (unregistered)

WebOS is a joke. It is laggy and has no app support. I highly doubt a dual-core processor will help it much. There's no room for WebOS in the smartphone wars.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 10:37 4

5. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

Laggy? Its every bit as smooth as ios and infinitely smoother than android. At least pretend you know what youre talking about

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 10:41 3

6. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the last webOS phone has a what.. 600mhz processor and ran decently smooth. u really think its going to lag with a DC 1200mhz processor?? lol.. troll.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 11:11 3

9. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

The only joke is on those who haven't tried it. This OS is great. HP is serious here. Apps will come with the support of the Touchpad and the PC's that WeBOS is on. They are thinking 3 - 5 years down the road. I think WeBOS is here to stay this time.

WeBOS is a joke? Paraphrased from the immortal words of Mr. Thorogood-
"Everybody funny. Now YOU are funny too, mfg68"

1 bourbon, 1 scotch, 1 beerrrrr ....

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 13:08 1

17. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Wait a minute ayephoner and remixfa...don't have all the fun without me. mfg68 is totally off the mark with his comment, probably has never used webOS, or even watched a demo of it for that matter.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 14:40

20. jdkrazer (unregistered)

we can all tell who is an apple fan...webos a joke....right there shows you have no credibility

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 10:37

4. D1881 (unregistered)

If i remember the battery on that thing won't last a few hours on that device because the battery is so small. Even worse now because of the upgraded processor.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 10:59 2

7. G-Reg (unregistered)

Upgraded processor should save a little on battery life. For somewhat intense processes that would normaly run the single processor hard is now handled more efficently through two.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 12:24 1

12. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

G-Reg is right, multicore processors in theory use less juice since the dual cores run at lower processor speeds to accomplish the same tasks with less effort than teh single core wokring harder at a higher clock speed.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 11:04 2

8. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Just as I had decided to go with W7.....

I think this is outstanding. With the Touchpad development in full swing, the dual core in the Pre 3 will open it up to updates and apps that were made initially for the Tablet. I have thought all along with HP pushing WeBOS to their computers and Laptops, the development of WeBOS as a platform was assured. This processor will help. Now the Pre 3 is still kind of a niche device, portrait slider and smaller screen. But again, the future for WeBOS is great. For those that think there is no room for it in the OS wars- I disagree. It is functional, it is developed with multi-tasking in mind, it is easy to learn, and it will be readily available on many HP devices, and soon other handhelds. Samsung is talking of a type of WeBOS to use in it's appliances as control software. I think HP is in it for the long haul.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 11:34

10. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Okay, after that nice write up I just did: Pre Central has a headline that the Pre 3 is NOT dual core. They say they have a pre (pun intended) release of the device due over in Europe.


posted on 15 Jul 2011, 11:53 1

11. one_luv (unregistered)

Then why would HP list it as a dual-core on their site?

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 12:29 2

13. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

@ one_luv
the article snowgator targeted guesses it was a poor copy/paste job by HP from the Touch Pad specs [as evidenced by the chip and the sound hardware that matches the Touch Pad and not teh Pre3].

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 12:31 3

15. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

Back to WP7!
well, WebOS was always pretty smooth. Was it 62 open apps running on a Pre+ if I recall correctly? and then over 100 on an overclocked Pre+?

1.4Ghz should be more than enough for WebOS to compete against anything out there. Now where is HP's marketing campaign?

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 12:57 1

16. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Laughing ...

Yeah, it kinda is back to W7. They take their phones serious- like ..... :-D

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 12:30

14. Gcombs (unregistered)

I think WebOs is great but I think HP is still thinking of it when it first came out in the first Pre. It has great potential but they need to do more bringing it to 2011 and also some new hardware designs for their smartphones. Reinvent the hardware and get rid of old Palm designs.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 19:31

22. -cody (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Jun 2011)

According to Wikipedia it says that the Pre 3 should be available on Verizon on July 21st.


posted on 16 Jul 2011, 13:04

24. Alex (unregistered)

Web OS is dead. Unless they licence out, there dead.

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