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HP's keyboardless phone leaks out, Pre 3 coming to Verizon?

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HP's keyboardless phone leaks out, Pre 3 coming to Verizon?
webOS might be the first thing that pops into your mind when you see a portrait QWERTY slider, but this latest leak could change your perception of an HP/Palm-branded handset altogether. This yet unannounced device by HP comes without a physical keyboard, according to a tipster, who shared the image below with tech blog PreCentral.

Judging solely by the visual appearance, the handset seems to sport a thinner profile and a slightly larger screen than the one on the Pre 3, possibly with a resolution of 480 x 800. On top, it features a front-facing camera of sorts, which could well turn out to be just a proximity sensor. Unfortunately, that's where information gets scarce, but folks over at PreCentral theorize that the device could be the HP Stingray or HP Windsor, which were uncovered in webOS 2.0 code back in November of last year.

The yet unannounced HP handset along a cropped image of the HP Pre 3
The yet unannounced HP handset along a cropped image of the HP Pre 3

The yet unannounced HP handset along a cropped image of the HP Pre 3

In addition, a Pre 3 running on Verizon Wireless was leaked and it's the first prototype to run on CDMA radio as all previously shown models worked on GSM networks. While this doesn't necessarily mean that we'll see the Pre 3 on Big Red, it's a strong hint in that direction. Keep your fingers crossed, we should know more about both devices in the summer months, when the newest Pre is to hit shelves.

source: PreCentral (1), (2)

The HP Pre 3 running on Verizon

The HP Pre 3 running on Verizon

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posted on 06 Apr 2011, 03:56 3

1. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

I'm hoping that at&t will carry the pre3 as well. I really like webos. For me, it's the only os that could rival ios in capabilities. And I really like the way the pre3 communicates to the hp touchpad. I'm impressed.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 04:27 5

2. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

Good points but you're about to be hated on.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 10:37

7. deago78 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Gahaha! Awesome response! And totally true lol.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 11:47 1

11. Kjayhawk (Posts: 294; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)

iOS and webOS really haven't changed much.
I love webOS and think its hell of a lot better than iOS.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 15:58

15. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

Why? Other than multi-tasking, because thats pretty much all it has over it. That said I'd rather have both over Android

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 16:42 2

16. derp (unregistered)

Well said.

webOS>iOS>Wet Feces>Android

posted on 07 Apr 2011, 10:36

20. Misanthropos (Posts: 56; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

Haters gonna hate.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 07:34

3. MalakiMills (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)

If the pre3 has LTE then it is the only phone I'm interested in, and yes I do live in a LTE area. I'm a college student at ithaca college and I use my phone for basically everything, which makes the hardware keyboard a big plus. But If it doesn't have it then I'm not so sure what to get.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 08:06

4. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I doubt the Pre3 will have LTE. Most of the LTE devices coming to market in Q2-Q3 are very large, probably due to the need for additional space for the LTE radio/antenna. While the Pre3 is significantly larger than the Pre/Pre2, it's still on the small side for a smartphone. The Pre3 will probably be a CDMA/GSM "global" phone given how HP is marketing it as a business oriented model, but LTE is not likely.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 09:47

5. green2u (unregistered)

And per the current specs on the Pre 3, even 4G is not likely. Nor is a dual-core processor.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 10:33

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

I am truly bummed by this, only due to the fact the HP branded handsets will probably come out to late for our phone upgrade decision. I am a HUGE fan of WebOS, as most people who discuss the Palm/HP phones are. It is a fun, full featured OS, only lacking Apps to be competitive. (Which truly doesn't put them too far behind RIM or Microsoft.) But what upsets me the most is I enjoy portrait slider phones more then landscape sliders, so Palm 3 is a very appealing handset. I will be happy with the choices out this summer, and a full touch screen does give a bigger screen to enjoy. But I would love to have seen these devices as an option.

While I do not live in a 4G area, and will be among the last to get it, these phones being 3G is not a major loss to me, but I worry how competitive they will be without 4G as late in the year as they come out, as every other market they need to sell well will have phones with those options. Also worry they will have a smaller processor, when even Blackberry devices will have 1.2 G single core. A 1G may not be enough to compete on a new brand. Hope HP is listening to someone with Mobile Industry experience.....

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 10:41 3

8. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)

The Pre3 has a 1.4ghz single core cpu.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 11:54

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

Wow. Very Respectable. Most powerful single core I have heard yet.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 11:03

9. dkpitman (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

I will buy this phone IF hp greatly expands their app market, and put a battery in that will keep the phone going all day. I've endured the short-comings of the Pre since its launch in June '09. I hate knowing that if Im going to be making a lot of phone calls that I'm going to need to plug the phone in to a power source. WebOS is awesome, but it's just missing the fun factor.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 11:26 1

10. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

Sooooooooo stylish and original.......ahem.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 14:03 3

13. big nutts (unregistered)

iphone sucks so bad! so old and grey her stuff is. long live android! world's #1 OS!!!

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 14:12 3

14. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

You wish the iPhone sucked. Thing is, Palm is a joke now. The Pre sucked hard even though WebOS is a good OS. It just needs a more competent developer.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 16:48 4

17. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

oh, they don't wish, because its already true. Also, its called HP palm.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 23:04

18. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

Eh...very little faith in Palm or HP Palm whomever. I carry a Pre2 for business & even tho the OS is not bad the design of the hardware is mediocre. I'm not sure what is with Palm and this eggish look but it's a terrible idea. Even though it has a 1Ghz processor it doesnt seem to have as much girth as the other guys out there. HP needs reinvent the hardware for webOS b/c the Pre line has been a failure. Look at the pricing drops...looks to be failing to me.

posted on 07 Apr 2011, 04:34 1

19. Milk (unregistered)

Man i really love Web OS! I just wish it would get some of the fresh big apps! If i dont see HP making some sort of movment in this direction im going android.

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