MWC 2011: HP Pre 3 preview video

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We think webOS-powered smartphones are going to finally live up to the mobile operating system’s early promise this year, and proving our point is the very impressive Pre 3.

HP have been beavering away at two webOS handsets since buying out Palm last year, and pick of the pair is the Pre 3. A portrait QWERTY-slider with a 3.6 inch touchscreen above, it’s rocking a 1.4 GHz processor tucked away in a 64 x 16 x 111mm chassis.

Camera snapping is of the 5MP variety with 720p video recording capabilites too, but the real magic comes when pairing the phone with the recently announced HP TouchPad. Simply placing the phone on top of the tablet activates the proprietary TouchStone data sharing connection, allowing you to quickly and securely exchange web and URL data between the two devices.

We’re a little bit in love. See why in the preview video above. Sadly, still no firmer pricing or release details than that initial Q2/Q3 information supplied earlie, but we’ll keep you posted with the specifics.

Gerald Lynch