So, HP puts on a little show, have a little leak, and then lets everyone know that they are basically killing the Palm as a brand. After the Palm buyout, HP decided to stock up on promises, do a little R&D, and here is the first batch of the new WebOS based HP powered devices: Veer, Pre 3, and TouchPad.
Everyone needs a little something to fill up his (or her) shiny new Alumawallet(tm), and the economy has turned cash into an endangered species, why not a nifty new HP Veer? This absolutely tiny device sports a nifty 800Mhz Snapdragon, and even has a slide out keyboard. Other goodies include: Bluetooth 2.1, HSPA+, WiFi, and an all-encompassing 2.5 inch screen. That two and a half inch screen is nearly the entirety of the device’s size too, making the Veer one of the smallest cell phones in some time.
The next phone to be previewed, is the Pre 3. A direct competitor to the iPhone and Droid, the Pre 3 adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to it’s touchscreen, making a more organic experience. With it’s 1.4Ghz Qualcomm processor, it has enough processing power to satisfy any apps that will appear on the device. Again, the Pre 3 supports WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, etc. Also, the Pre 3 has a 5MPXL camera and can record 720p video. Can you say, “Viva la YouTube!?”
Saving the best for last, the new Palm TouchPad, sans the Palm, is a nifty new entry into the tablet wars. Anyway, the TouchPad will be entering the arena to square off against the iPad, and it is interesting to note that it is the only competitor so far that isn’t Android powered. Honestly, things could get really interesting should the TouchPad build a little steam under the power of WebOS. The unit is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and will have optional storage capacities (At the time of this writing it will be either 16GB or 32GB of flash memory). Other things of note is the rebirth of Touchstone wireless docking station, video chat (camera & microphone), and a big fat 9.7 inch screen.
The press conference where this was all released to the public also revealed a few possible extras that are currently behind the HP Veil. WebOS powered HP printers? Yes, HP indicated that they were at least investigating the possibility (I’m willing to bet we are going to see this at least). There were a few drops of tidbits regarding PC level implementations of the WebOS, but without much of any indication as to what such a thing could or would be. With a slew of promised spring and summer releases of the new HP/Palm devices, things could get really warm in the mobile device industry.
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication; Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support; Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot.
8GB (~6.5GB available)
USB mass storage support
910 mAh (non-removable); up to 5.0 hours of talk time or 300 hours of standby time.
Charger/magnetic connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Magnetic connector with 3.5mm stereo headset adapter included
Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n 5GHz) with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication;
Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support; A-GPS;
Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot
512MB RAM; choose from 8GB or 16GB internal storage
USB mass storage support