HP and its subsidiary Palm have just announced no less than three new WebOS devices: one tablet and two smartphones. Curiously, none of them bears the Palm brand – it’s all about HP from now on.
The TouchPad runs WebOS 3.0, looks decent (there’s not much you can do, design-wise, when you’re building a tablet, that’s why most tablets will look kind of the same) and can be connected to your WebOS smartphones in several ways – including using “HP’s exclusive new touch-to-share feature that lets you simply touch an enabled webOS phone to your TouchPad to share web URLs.”
HP TouchPad’s specs:
- 9.7 inch multitouch capacitive display with 1024 x 768 pixels
- A-GPS (3G models only)
- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
- Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP
- Light sensor, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope
- Front-facing 1.3MP webcam
- 3.5mm headset jack
- Internal stereo speakers, Beats Audio technology
- Microsoft Exchange email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology
- 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
- 16GB or 32GB of on-board memory
- 6300 mAh battery
- 240 x 190 x 13.7 mm
- 740 grams
The HP TouchPad will be available starting this summer, alongside various accessories (keyboard dock included). Its price has not been announced.
Now, onto the HP Pre 3. The handset is certainly an improvement over the previous models, mainly because it comes with a 3.58 inch multitouch display that has 480 x 800 pixels, and a fast Qualcomm MSM 8×55 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz (I believe this is the world’s first smartphone to use such a CPU). Obviously, the Pre 3 also features a sliding QWERTY keyboard, plus Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, GPS, 5MP camera, HD (720p) video recording, front-facing VGA camera, 512MB RAM, and 8GB / 16GB of internal memory.
“In the suite of webOS products we’re introducing today, Pre3 is our premier phone, designed for the speed of business. It enables professionals to accomplish more of their important workday tasks while easily keeping their fingers on the pulse of their personal lives,” declared Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP.
Like the HP TouchPad, the Pre 3 will be launched this summer. Pricing and carrier availability will be unveiled on a later date.
The third new WebOS device announced today is the HP Veer, which is pretty much a smaller Pre 3. It features a sliding QWERTY keyboard, tri-band UMTS and quad-band GSM/EDGE connectivity, a 2.6 inch multitouch screen with 320 x 400 pixels, Wi-Fi, GPS, 5MP camera, 800MHz processor, and 8GB of internal memory.
The HP Veer will be out in “early summer” and should be considerably cheaper than the Pre 3. Now let’s wait for the summer and see how consumers will embrace (or ignore) these new Palm HP products.
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