HP TouchPad, 'Pre & Veer' webOS Smartphones, webOS Headed to PCs

HP today announced the HP webOS world with the first webOS slate -- the HP TouchPad -- the breakthrough webOS user interface fully realized in the tablet experience.With its vibrant 9.7-inch diagonal flush capacitive multitouch display, virtual keyboard, instant-on access, support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta in the browser and access to thousands of […]

HP today announced the HP webOS world with the first webOS slate -- the HP TouchPad -- the breakthrough webOS user interface fully realized in the tablet experience.

With its vibrant 9.7-inch diagonal flush capacitive multitouch display, virtual keyboard, instant-on access, support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta in the browser and access to thousands of webOS applications, TouchPad works the way you do and is designed not just for fun but for mobile productivity. It's ideal for anyone who wants the benefits of the amazing webOS platform on a much bigger scale.

HP TouchPad

Designed to be used alone or as a digital companion to your webOS phone, TouchPad connects you and your devices through the elegant webOS experience. Never miss an important call or SMS message -- they can be answered and viewed right on your TouchPad. Plus, HP's exclusive new touch-to-share feature will let you simply touch an enabled webOS phone to your TouchPad to share web URLs.

With the HP Synergy feature, you simply have to sign in to your Facebook, Google, Microsoft Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo! accounts and your contacts, calendar and email automatically populate your TouchPad.

HP announced two new smartphones that will run on the company's WebOS platform. The first being a 3rd-generation version of the Pre, which in mid-2009 was the first device to ship with the WebOS operating system.

The new version of the Pre doubles the display resolution of the previous model, adds HD video recording, and a front-facing camera, along with squeezing in a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor. HP is offering two versions of the Pre 3, one that's HSPA plus, and another that's an EVDO Rev A World phone. Either can be had with 8GB or 16GB of memory, and will ship out "this summer."

The other new phone is called the Veer, which HP is positioning as an alternative to what the company called "jumbo phones" during its presentation. The Veer is akin to a scaled-down version of the Pre in terms of its size, packing a similar slide-down keyboard form factor, HSPA plus, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 8GB of storage, and an 800Mhz Snapdragon processor.

HP webOS Phone Veer

Similar to HP's other WebOS phones, the Veer can also function as a Wi-Fi hot spot to provide connectivity with other electronics. HP says it will begin shipping the Veer to customers in the spring, though the company did not specify the price.

Names and preliminary specifications for all three of HP's new devices were leaked ahead of the company's event earlier today on HP's own sales site.

HP also detailed WebOS 2.1, which the company says adds 50 new features, including things like voice dialing and improved multitasking. That will be arriving in all three new devices, and will be going out to older devices like the Pre 2 as a software update.

WebOS 2.1's big new feature is that it adds inter-connectivity between WebOS devices to let users share information between tablets and their WebOS smartphones. This includes application notifications, as well as things like Web browser history using a new feature called "Touch to Share" that begins that data transfer once users get two WebOS devices within near proximity to one another:

HP's new connectivity feature lets tablet users answer calls, see phone notifications, and share browser history between devices.

HP's new connectivity feature lets tablet users answer calls, see phone notifications, and share browser history between devices.

Another new feature as part of WebOS 2.1 is a photo gallery feature called Exhibition, which HP says can wirelessly print to its line of HP printers. This lets users swipe around photos that have been stored on the device, as well as photos that are stored in places like Facebook.

Here's the full press release:

HP webOS event video:

Helpful timecodes:

00:00 – Opening
09:40 – Introducing the Veer and Pre3
22:30 – Introducing the TouchPad
28:40 – TouchPad and Pre3 feature demonstration

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