The first two Palm Pre smart phones were very competitive when it came to hardware and software, but they never really met with much success in sales terms and by now are certainly looking a bit dated compared to other high-end rivals. Palm's owners, HP, have pumped a great deal of resources into improving this and have come up with the impressive new HP Pre 3.
Following the trend of putting bigger displays into smartphones, the Pre 3 now boasts a 3.6" 480 x 800 pixel display, and it also comes with a bigger QWERTY keyboard which will make using it just a little easier. All the usual features are here including WiFi (802.11a, b, g and n), GPS, an accelerometer and Bluetooth, plus the choice of 8GB or 16GB of internal flash storage. On the back is a fairly standard 5 megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video recording.
HP said that this is a "world phone" available with both HSPA+ and EVDO, apparently in the same device.. at least in the US. European versions may differ from this as there's not much HSPA+ coverage and little need for the US-only EVDO standard.
It remains to be seen if HP can take the old Palm smart phone line and make it a sales success.. at the moment the market share is very small indeed, and HP's dumping of the Palm name may prove unpopular. HP say that the Pre 3 should be available in the northern hemisphere's summer, but at the moment there is no exact availability date or guidance on price.