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HP Unveils Several New Devices at 'Think Beyond' webOS Event

Category: Mobile
Posted: 12:52PM

HP had sent out notices it would be holding an event today to reveal a new product. Well, that event, the "Think Beyond" webOS event, has unveiled not one but three new products. We have a tablet and then two different smartphones, so HP is certainly catering to everyone with these devices.

First up is the tablet, the HP TouchPad. It features a 9.7" screen with a 1024x768 resolution, which makes it virtually identical to the iPad. Even its 1.6 pound weight and 13.7mm thickness make it a near perfect match for the iPad, so for those expecting a bigger slate to be a little easier to carry, you are still going to have to wait. Powering the TouchPad is a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU, built-in gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, and either 16 or 32GB of internal storage. No mention was made of the RAM for the tablet, but HP promises it has twice the amount of the Pre 2 smartphone (which has 512MB). There are also stereo speakers since HP has worked in its Beats audio engine to deliver some great audio from the TouchPad. There is even a feature called Tap-to-Share which lets you transfer a document, video, or other item between the tablet and an HP phone simply by tapping the two devices together. The TouchPad relies on the cloud, plus HP teased that this is only the first in a line of webOS tablets. The TouchPad runs on webOS and has some nifty new features, like a new email application, a new pop-up notification system, and even the ability to talk to the new Pre 3 phone when both are connected to the Touchstone.

The first new phone is the HP Pre 3, the successor to the Palm Pre 2 that is just about ready to debut. The Pre 3 keeps the same QWERTY slide shape but packs in a wealth of new features, most noticeably a 3.6" 800x480 resolution touchscreen. There is a five megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, plus the ability to shoot HD video and a front-facing camera for video calling. HP has even added in a mobile hotspot feature to the phone. Powering the Pre 3 is a Qualcomm 1.4GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, and HSPA+ and EVDO Rev. A radios so the phone should work all over the world. It'll work with the Touchstone and switch into Exhibition mode when connected, which will display pictures and appointments. Plus, like it was mentioned, will have the ability to talk to the TouchPad tablet when both are connected via the Touchstone, including letting the tablet take phone calls. It will be available with either 8 or 16GB of internal storage.

The other new phone is the HP Veer. It includes a 2.6" 320x400 touchscreen which makes it the smallest phone to run webOS. The Veer packs a 5 megapixel EDoF camera, 8GB of storage, an accelerometer, proximity and light sensors, Touchstone support, and mobile hotspot functionality. It will have an HSPA+ radio while there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7230 CPU running at 800MHz powering it all.

The HP TouchPad and Pre 3 will be available later this summer though no price was mentioned. The HP Veer will be available this spring but once again, no price was mentioned. What was mentioned was that the tablet would be running webOS 3.0 while both phones will run on webOS 2.2.

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