The Pre 3 isnt outdated.. it isnt even out yet!
Spec-wise, it IS "state of the art", but, not at the very top of the list in all categories.
Based on what I have seen, and my recent experience with the Veer (man, that is a fast little phone), the Pre 3, with WebOS3 on it, should be, by far, one of the best, if not the best handsets available when it debuts, and will likely hold that reign for at least a year....
Clocked at 1.4 ghz, with the Adreno GPU, the Qualcomm CPU will be able to handle most anything a user throws at it with power to spare, even the abuse of having 20 - 30 open cards at once.
I do NOT want a dual core processor, clocked at lower speeds, sucking down my battery life when one processor can do it better at faster speeds. Multitasking on a smartphone is all about "task-switching", and not about having a 50 background preocesses running at the same time, like on a desktop system.. (there, multi-core chips are invaluable).
Thart 3.6" screen with 800 x 480 resolution is going to be a tight, sharp and smooth looking display. The slideout vertical keyboard in THIS screen size is just not available anywhere else - so this is still a one handed user experience. Noise cancelling dual mics, front and rear cameras, and, guess what? HP is really working on making this an enterprise phone, meaning that this could be the coolest phone you'd ever get from your company, to use, EVER.