Friday, April 29, 2011

The Mysterious WebOS Slate (HP Pre 3 = Palm c40 part 2)

(quote webosworld)
 The first thing HP introduced to this testing lineup was a new prototype phone with specs they wanted to see in the two previous models. It had:
  • 4" LCD capacitive glass screen 
  •   8MP camera with 720p recording 
  •   Front facing camera
  •   960 x 640 resolution 
  •   DLNA support
  •  1.2ghz CPU 
We have been told that the portrait slider has undergone the most testing. There is a very good chance that the c40 will be shipped looking very much like a Palm Pre on Steroids. We may see many of the prototypes phone’s specs to be carried over to the revamped c40.
This was great news, after the 960 x 640 screen resolution was spotted in user statistics in webOS apps, -- the iPhone wouldn't be the only phone with the "retina display" screen resolution.  The device was predicted to be announced and available by the end of the year, but it never came.

Other rumors started spreading - a webOS successor with a 800 x 480 screen resolution and no physical keyboard.

Well, two months after the webOS "Think Beyond" event a photo of the alleged device was posted on  Count that in with's latest rumor I think the device's specs will turn out to be somewhat like this:

  • 4" LCD capacitive glass screen 
  • 960 x 640 resolution
  • 1.2ghz Dual-Core snapdragon CPU
  • Adreno 220 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 32GB storage 
  • SD card slot for additional storage
  • 8MP camera with 720p recording 
  •  Front facing camera
  • webOS 3.x (Because all the great no-physical-keyboard stuff is in 3.0)
  • DLNA support
  • 4G
Green = From's original rumor (pretty reliable information, because the Pre 3 was released)
Orange = webosroundup's latest rumor (Fits, but I'm hesistant to take it for fact)
Blue = My own guess, based on the Touchpad's hardware and the likelyhood HP would put it in the next flagship phone.

And the webosrounduprumor stated they expect it to land on Sprint in August (late-summer/early-fall), and be  a Sprint exclusive for 6 months.  Let's hope this rumor pans out, because webOS needs to branch out and have phones that aren't just vertical sliders.

Part two of a two part series.  I originally posted this speculation over at the forums.


  1. phone looks amazing, keep up the info!

  2. wow the screen resolution is fantastic. They really kept their promises!

  3. Phones are so close to matching my computer's resolution, I should probably get a new monitor....

  4. They won't stop evolving, it's amazing!

  5. 8mp camera? nice. May have to look into this phone.

  6. Ugh. Probably going to be expensive too....

  7. Soooo nice. I'd love to get my hands on one of these. +Follow

  8. This is definitely going on my shopping list next time I need a new phone!

  9. These phones and devices just don't seem to stop evolving. Great technology, look forward to seeing more!

  10. So basically HP is trying to compete with the EVO4g and the Thunderbolt. That's cute.

    I pray to god their WebOS has less vulnerabilities than their server OS.

  11. These little things are more powerful than my first computer, it's outstanding.

  12. Wow, I can't imagine how the gameboy would stand up to all of this.

  13. Kind of want one... Price might be an issue though :P

  14. Looks very slick. My Incredible is looking older and older :'(. Damn those 3 year contracts!

  15. great i love my retina display, good luck getting it on a hp device

  16. This phone looks outstanding. Wonder how it will hold up to apple in sales.

  17. wonder if it will materialise with these specs

  18. that looks super clean. my droid 1 is now prehistoric :(

  19. Imagine what phones are gonna be like in 5-10 years!

  20. this looks just great wanna have one

  21. I remember when phones used to be really simple. And now this is coming out. It's really amazing how fast technology has advanced!

  22. specs look sick wish i had one

  23. All of the HP products are very best such that all the features of this portrait slider have undergone the most testing. There is a very good chance that the c40 will be shipped looking very much like a Palm Pre on Steroids.