HP has just officially announced a pair of webOS 2.1 smartphones, as well as a tablet. These are only the latest in what this company is planning on being an extensive lineup of webOS-based products.
The Pre 3 is going to be a business-oriented smartphone with a 3.6-inch display, while the Veer will be much smaller and is targeting consumers. The HP TouchPad tablet was also unveiled.
Users of the first two Pre models often asked for a display larger than 3.1 inches. The next model is the answer, as it's going to have a 3.6-inch touchscreen, and a slightly larger keyboard, too. It will have the same general design as its predecessors: a slider with a portrait-oriented keyboard.
On the inside will be a 1.4GHz processor, and it will have 512MB of RAM. Users will have a choice of versions with 8GB or 16GB of internal storage.
In addition to being a phone, the Pre3 will include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. It will be able to share its cellular connection with other devices over Wi-Fi.
It is going to include two cameras, a typical rear-facing 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, as well as a front-facing camera with Skype support.
Overall, this device will be 4.4 by 2.5 by 0.6 inches (111mm by 64mm by 16mm) and 5.5 ounces (156 g)
The second smartphone, the HP Veer, is going to be for those looking for an even smaller option than the current Pre 2. It will have a 2.6-inch 320 x 400 pixel touchscreen, and will be about the size of a credit card.
Still, it will use the same basic shape as all of HP's smartphones, a slider with a physical keyboard. But definitely smaller than the Pre 3: 3.3 by 2.2 by 0.6 inches (55mm by 84mm by 15mm) and 3.6 ounces (103 g).
The Veer will include 8 GB of internal storage and a 5 megapixel camera.
Like its larger sibling, it is going to offer 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, plus GPS. And it will be able to function as a mobile hotspot.
HP unveiled its new smartphone lineup at an event today in San Francisco, but much of the time at this event was spent on the TouchPad, the first webOS-based tablet.
The first version of the TouchPad that is coming out is going to depend on Wi-Fi for its Internet connection, such as that provided by one of HP's smartphones.
These webOS-based products will be able to cooperate in other ways, too. Most notably, transferring a web address from HP's tablet to one of this company's smartphones will be as simple as tapping the two devices together.
More information on the HP TouchPad can be found in this article on Brighthand's sister site Tablet PC Review:
Availability and Price
None of these devices are being released today, and in fact none of them are debuting particularly soon.
The Veer is scheduled to hit store shelves this spring, while the Pre3 and TouchPad are going to be introduced at some point this summer.
No prices for this next crop of webOS based models have been announced yet.
Other webOS Products
HP sees a great deal of potential in the webOS, and intends to use it in a wide array of products. Smartphones and tablets are just the start, as this company is working on webOS-based laptops, desktops, and printers,
Not to be forgotten, Verizon is going to start taking pre-orders for the Pre 2 tomorrow, making it the first U.S. carrier to offer this model.
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