The FCC has approved a device that, with a bit of reading between the lines, appears to be Verizon’s version of the HP Pre 3. If so, then this carrier’s version of the webOS-based smartphone will be a worldphone.
The Pre 3 — the webOS-based model with the largest screen yet — was officially unveiled in February and is scheduled to be released this summer. No carrier has officially announced that it’s going to be offering it, but unconfirmed reports point to Verizon as being one of them.
The Federal Communicatuions Commission has apparently all but confirmed this by giving its approval to an HP smartphone that matches the Pre 3’s specs and has support for Verizon’s wireless network. And the FCC goes one better by revealing that this model will have support for both CDMA networks and GSM ones. Devices that have both — typically called worldphones — allow Verizn customers to use their handset in the U.S. and in countries that don’t have CDMA support, which includes much of the world.
HP Pre 3 Preview
Users of the first two Pre models often asked for a display larger than 3.1 inches. The next version is the answer, as it’s going to have a 3.6-inch touchscreen, and a slightly larger keyboard, too. It will have the same general design as its predecessors: a slider with a portrait-oriented keyboard.
On the inside will be a 1.4GHz processor, and it will have 512MB of RAM. Users will have a choice of versions with 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. It’s going to debut running webOS 2.1, a multi-tasking operating system that is bundled with a range of apps, including a powerful web browser, email app, and video player.
In addition to being a phone, the Pre 3 will include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. It will be able to share its cellular connection with other devices over Wi-Fi. This smartphone is going to include two cameras, a typical rear-facing 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, as well as a front-facing camera with Skype support.