HP Introduces webOS Powered Tablet Along with Two New Smartphones


On Wednesday, HP and Palm held a ‘Think Beyond’ webOS event, releasing some new devices supporting HP’s rebranded webOS platform which they acquired through the acquisition of Palm last year.  The new devices include two mobile phones, a tablet PC and other possibilities with webOS. Let’s take a closer look:

HP Veer – “Never before has a smartphone done so much, and felt so little.”

The HP Veer, or the Pixi replacement is the smallest of the three devices announced. It sports a touchscreen, an 800MHz processor, 8GB storage, and all the wireless connections you will ever need. The phone’s small profile packed with features should appeal to lots of consumers looking for a feature-rich phone with a small footprint. The Veer will be available in early Spring this year.

Veer Specifications

  • HSPA+
  • 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 8GB Storage
  • Memory – same as Pre 2
  • Snapdragon 7230/800MHz
  • Accelerometer, proximity and light sensors

HP Pre 3 – “Finally a phone you can use for business that you don’t want to leave at work.”

Like it’s predecessor the Pre, the new HP Pre 3 has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a large screen, and plenty of horsepower. The new phone is powered by a 1.4GHz chip, 8GB-16GB of storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HSPA+/EVDO, and plenty of sensors to make games and apps fun again. The Pre 3 will be available this summer.

Pre 3 Specifications

  • HSPA+ and EVDO Rev. A World Phone
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 8GB or 16GB storage
  • Memory – same as Pre 2
  • Accelerometer, proximity and light sensors, compass
  • Snapdragon 8×55 1.4GHz processor

HP TouchPad – The iPad Killer?

Okay, enough with the phones, the real announcement coming out of  HP’s event is HP’s foray into the growing tablet market. The new TouchPad is HP’s response to the iPad and the slew of Android-running tables on the market. It uses a tablet version of WebOS and sports a ton of really cool software and hardware features. The table runs of a dual core 1.2GHz processor, 16-32GB of storage, an iPad-sized 9.7-inch multi-touch display and sports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Gyroscope, compass, an Accelerometer, a front-facing 1.3 MP camera, and more. All packed into a 9.45 by 7.4-inch case weighing in at 1.6 pounds. The Wi-Fi version of the device will launch this summer along with a couple of accessories to compliment the TouchPad. The 3G/4G flavor will follow later this year.

TouchPad Features

  • Dual Core processor
  • True multitasking
  • Touchstone charging
  • Touch-to-share
  • Synergy-based communications
  • “Instant-on” productivity

TouchPad Specifications

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 16GB or 32GB storage
  • Twice the memory of Pre 2
  • Gyro, accelerometer, compass
  • Dual Core 1.2Ghz processor
  • 1.6 pounds
  • 13.7mm thick
  • 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 display
  • 9.45 X 7.48 inches
  • Video calling
  • Beats Audio technology
  • Stereo speakers

HP is also bringing webOS to other HP devices. We may soon see webOS powering more printers and future HP computers, what happened to Windows?

HP webOS Printers

HP Computers running webOS.

Images Via Engadget, Product Information via HP Website.