The folks at HP have been relatively quiet about launch plans for the Pre 3 since they first showed it back in February.  Fortunately for us, the  FCC can’t keep a good secret, and looks to have spilled the regulatory beans on the next flagship webOS smartphone.  Pocketnow has published what it claims could be proof of the CDMA flavor of the Pre 3.

According to the FCC documents, this HP phone carries model number F30CV, one we haven’t seen show up previously. Considering that the F30CN with AT&T frequency bands has already arrived at the FCC, presumably the Pre 3 on AT&T, it seems pretty clear that we’re dealing with the same phone with a different radio – this time with EV-DO Rev A.

Wifi capabilities show support for the 802.11n 5GHz band, one we don’t see all the time, and a spec backed-up by what we known of the HP Pre 3 hardware. The only oddity is the inclusion of a SIM insertion guide on the FCC label, considering this is a CDMA device, but we had already heard the rumor that the phone would have both GSM and CDMA modes for global roaming; this certainly tends to support those allegations.

The Pre 3 is packing a decent amount of thunder, sporting:

  • 3.58-inch multitouch screen with a vibrant, 24-bit color, 480 x 800 resolution display
  • Weight: 156 grams (5.5 ounces)
  • Dimensions: 111 mm x 64 mm x 16 mm (4.37 inches x 2.52 inches x .63 inches)
  • webOS 2.2
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8x55 1.4-GHz processor
  • Gesture area, which enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
  • Redesigned vertical slide-out QWERTY keyboard with backlight
  • 8 or 16 gigabytes (GB) of internal storage
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication
  • Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot
  • Integrated GPS (and A-GPS)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Rear-facing autofocus 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD camcorder (capable up to 720p video recording)
  • Front-facing VGA fixed-focus camera for live video calling
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor, accelerometer and compass
  • USB mass storage mode to transfer media and other files quickly between desktop and device

It’s been over three months since the Pre 3 was announced, do you still care?  I’m a big fan of webOS, and am looking forward to seeing what the multitasking OS can do with some proper hardware.  With updates to Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone 7 immanent, HP would be best advised to get this market as quickly as possible.

If a physical QWERTY keyboard isn’t your thing, you can always hold out for that rumored slate device.

[Via FCC and Pocketnow]