We haven’t heard much from HP Palm lately, but don’t forget that the company has two phones, the Veer and Pre 3, along with the TouchPad tablet, in the pipeline. Today, it appears that the Pre 3 is a bit closer to launching. A device from HP Palm called the HSTNH-F30CN won FCC approval today. The device’s label location pics appear to be too large to be the Veer (which has also already arrived on the FCC) and too small to be the TouchPad, leading us to conclude that this is the Pre 3.
According to test reports, the Pre 3 won approval for its dual-band wireless-N WiFi capabilities.
Interestingly, no mention is made of the phone’s cellular or Bluetooth capabilities, although we’d expect to see those soon. Test reports also mention support for GSM 850 and 1900 bands, as well as WCDMA bands II and V. These frequencies correspond to AT&T’s network in the US, confirming speculation that the Pre 3 will be launched by AT&T.
The Pre 3’s SW Version is listed as WebOS 2.3 – a previously unannounced version of the OS – as you can see below. The current version of webOS is 2.2, with webOS 3.0 designed for HP’s TouchPad tablet.
Also interesting to note is that nearly all mention of Palm is gone from HP’s FCC documents. The former Pre manufacturer is only briefly mentioned as the “Palm GBU”. The Pre 3 has also received an updated to HP’s HSTXX model numbering scheme that the company uses for its laptops. Not surprising, but just another sign that HP is well on its way to gradually phasing out Palm branding.