By Stephen Schenck | May 19, 2011 1:15 PM
While HP’s webOS-powered Veer has just arrived in the States, it’s beefier big brother, the Pre 3, is taking its good old time. We’ve seen what looks like both an AT&T and a Verizon-equipped Pre 3 get their FCC certifications, but haven’t heard just when the smartphone might go up for sale. HP’s site for the Pre 3 says that there’s “planned availability this summer”, but just when and where? The first signs of upcoming Pre 3 sales have surfaced, with the German version of Amazon now accepting pre-orders for the smartphone.
You can place your order now for the Pre 3, which Amazon.de says will be available as of June 30. The off-contract smartphone will set you back the equivalent of about $640. For that money, you’ll be getting a phone powered by a 1.40GHz Snapdragon, with 512MB of RAM, a 3.58-inch WVGA display, and 8GB of storage; we haven’t found the 16GB version of the phone up for pre-order yet.
According to the FCC docs we saw, the Pre 3 may usher in the next decimal revision of webOS, with version 2.3 noted as present on the evaluated model. What changes will the update have in store? We should know for sure in a little over a month. Hopefully by then, we’ll also have word on when the smartphone will be introduced into other markets around the world.