Once poised to be Hewlett-Packard's first webOS flagship mobile phone, HP has canceled its U.S. plans for the Pre 3 altogether.
The news comes one week after the handset was launched in Europe and after the doomed HP TouchPad was discontinued.
Now here is when the bargains come in for those consumers who wouldn't have bought these gadgets before. PC Magazine reports that the unlocked Pre 3 will be discounted to the equivalent of roughly $75 in Europe. Although a price drop date hasn't been announced yet, the cut possibly already took place in Germany, as PC Mag reports that the device has magically already sold out there. (Of course, who knows how many units were available for sale to begin with...)
For reference, the Pre 3 was originally selling for €349 ($502) on the continent and £299 ($494) in the United Kingdom.
The Pre 3 was first unveiled in February as a business-friendly phone with a slide-out full QWERTY keypad, a 3.6-inch multi-touch display (800 x 480 resolution), a Qualcomm MSM 1.4GHz processor and mobile hotspot support.
U.K. buyers will also get a bargain on the TouchPad. HP has announced that its tablet will now cost £89 ($147) and £115 ($190) for the 16GB and 32GB versions respectively.
As for U.S. consumers, HP is offering the TouchPad for $99 and $149 for the 16GB and 32GB editions while supplies last, which has proven to be popular enough now to boost the TouchPad to the top of Amazon's current electronics bestsellers chart.
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