HP Pre 3 silently gets a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU in the UK

Now here's a shocker for you - the upcoming HP Pre 3 will be packing a dual-core CPU at launch, rather than the single-core unit it was initially said to feature. HP has remained surprisingly quiet about the change, but the Pre 3 specs sheet on its website now say "Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2GHz".

If you have been paying attention you would know that this is the same chipset that powers the HP TouchPad tablet. And if the two 1.2 GHz cores are good enough to power a tablet, they should do wonders for a smartphone and its lower resolution. Of course, we will never be able to see how the 1.4 GHz single-core alternative does, but we are still confident that HP is giving us a good deal here.

What seems a bit suspicious is that none of the other specs of the HP Pre 3 have changed. Usually replacing the processor of a mobile phone involves changing the whole chipset and that might lead to a few other changes. So there's an outside chance that the CPU change was nothing, but a typo by whoever maintains the HP UK website.

The Pre 3 should be coming out any day now, so at least we won't have to wait for too long to find out.