As a way to shoehorn its way into the smartphone market, last April HP acquired Palm along with its webOS mobile operating system. Obviously keen to see a return on its US$1.2 billion investment HP today unveiled three new mobile devices running webOS – a 9.7-inch tablet called the TouchPad and two new smartphones, the pint-sized HP Veer and the third generation Pre, called predictably enough, the HP Pre 3.
A 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor provides the grunt for true multitasking with users able to switch between multiple open applications without closing anything. The Pre 3 is available with 8 or 16GB of memory, which can be used to store files that can be easily transferred to or from PCs or other devices via a USB mass storage mode. The device supports 802.11 b/g/n and can act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five devices. There’s also Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo, integrated GPS and A-GPS, proximity sensor, compass and support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta.
The HP Pre 3 measures 111 x 64 x 16 mm (4.37 x 2.52 x .63 inches) and weighs 156 g (5.5 oz). HP will offer HSPA + and EVDO Rev A world phone versions of the phone when it is released later this year.
The Veer is powered by an 800MHz Snapdragon processor and sports a 2.57-inch, 320 x 400 pixel resolution multitouch screen. It sports many of the same features as the Pre 3 including the vertical slide out keyboard and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, but there’s no front-facing camera, A-GPS or compass. Still, not bad for a phone of this size.
The HP Veer will come in Tri-band UMTS and quad-band GSM/EDGE world phone varieties when it is released in a few months.
HP is yet to announce pricing and carriers for both the Veer and the Pre 3.
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