Hewlett-Packard and Palm unveiled the Veer, a new webOS-powered phone at the today’s news conference entitled "Think Beyond."
The event served as a launchpad for the Pre3, HP’s long-anticipated webOS-powered tabled dubbed the TouchPad and the Veer, a compact smartphone that invites you to "think small and smart."
Just 2.5 inches wide, 3.25 inches tall, 0.59 inch thick and weighing in at 103 grams, the Veer is very compact.
"Never before has a smartphone done so much, and felt so little," Rubinstein said at the event, adding that small is the new big.
Although roughly the size of a credit card and no thicker than a deck of cards, it still manages to squeeze a 2.6-inch 320 by 400 pixel resolution multitouch display and has a physical keyboard that slides out underneath the display.
Its miniature dimensions by no means suggest the Veer is underspecc’d. Quite the contrary, it’s the first device to use the Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 7230 processor clocked at 800MHz. It sports the same amount of RAM like the Pre 2 and it ships with 8GB of storage.
On the back, the phone sports a five-megapixel camera with extended depth of field, geotagging and video capture.
The Veer works on 3G HSPA+ cellular networks and supports wireless connectivity via 802.11b/g WiFi and Bluetooth. In addition, it’ll support wireless hotspot functionality. Accelerometer, proximity, magnetic compass and light sensors round up an impressive list of features.
It also has a built-in GPS module for navigation and software support for instant messaging, Gmail and other email clients, integrated HP Synergy personal information synchronization and even Adobe Flash Player 10.1 in the browser. Of course, it connects to the webOS store where you can download thousands of webOS apps from third-parties.
And should you opt for the upgraded HP Touchstone wireless charger, which is sold separately, you’ll be able to run apps designed specifically for Touchstone. For example, set your Veer on Touchstone and Exhibition launches automatically, showing you an app you want, from calendar to a slideshow of your photos.
The phone also supports the HP mobile hotspot where your Veer doubles as a mobile wireless router for up to five WiFi devices.
The Veer goes on sale early spring. Exact pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
HP Veer in bullets
- HP webOS
- High-speed connectivity
- Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 800-MHz processor
- 2.57-inch multitouch screen with a vibrant, 18-bit color, 320 x 400 resolution display
- Gesture area, which enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
- Full slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- 8 GB of internal storage
- High-performance browser with full access to the web, including support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta for access to rich, Flash-based web content
- Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication
- Integrated GPS
- Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
- Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot
- Multimedia options, including music, photos, video recording and playback, a 5-megapixel camera with geotagging and 3.5 mm stereo headphone adapter
- Email, including EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers) and personal email support (Google Gmail push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP)
- Robust messaging support (combining IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)
- Proximity sensor, light sensor and accelerometer
- Rechargeable 910 mAh battery
- USB mass storage mode to transfer your media and other files quickly between desktop and device
- Ringer switch, which easily silences the ringer with one touch
- Compatible with HP Touchstone (sold separately)
- Tri-band UMTS, quad-band GSM/EDGE world phone
- Dimensions: 54.5 mm x 84.0 mm x 15.1 mm (2.1 inches x 3.3 inches x 0.6 inches)
- Weight: 103 grams (3.6 ounces)