HP announces the Pre 3, HP Veer and TouchPad devices

Hewlett Packard has used its big “Think Beyond” event to announce a number of new WebOS based devices, from phones to a new tablet.

During the event, Hewlett Packard’s Jon Rubinstein introduced the new HP Veer phone, a device that the company believes has the power of higher end, larger phones, but in a form factor that can easily fit into your pocket.

The HP Veer looks very similar to the Palm Pre, has a 2.6-inch touchscreen and is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor. It is fully compatible with HSPA+ and ships with 8GB of storage.

Jon then went on to announce the Pre 3 which will ship in two different versions. One will be an HSPA+ version while the other with be an EVDO based device, and they both contain an powerful Qualcomm 1.4GHz processor and a slide out hardware keyboard.

Finally, Hewlett Packard announced the TouchPad, an iPad-like device that weighs in at 1.6 pounds and has a hefty 9.7-inch XGA, capacitive multitouch screen with a 18-bit color display at a resolutionof  1024x768, the same as the iPad. It will also support video calls via a 1.3 Megapixel webcam on the front of the device and can be purchased with either 16GB or 32GBs of storage.

Once again, the TouchPad will contain a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, which the company claims is “screaming fast." Thanks to Hewlett Packard’s Synergy cloud based sync solution it can also automatically update contacts, calendars and other features with other WebOS based phones similar to the way that Apple’s MobileMe service does.

The TouchPad can even display SMS messages that are sent to a WebOS phone, make calls via Bluetooth and share links simply by tapping the phone against the TouchPad. The TouchPad will also ship with Quick Office, and Adobe Flash for web browsing. The Touchpad will be compatible with any HP printer out of the box.

HP announced the new version of the HP branded WebOS back in October.

Pricing has yet to be announced, with Hewlett Packard stating that both carriers and pricing will come at a later date. The device is due for release in the summer and will likely run into stiff competition from the iPad 2 which is due for release around the same time, if not sooner.

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Wow, that is awesome - so it appears that finally we have a company who will provide a true alternative to the iPhone and iPad.

The million dollar question is whether they'll sabotage it by bundling a horrible piece of software for the desktop and make it Windows only.

I may be alone on this one, but I think the OS looks awful. Too rounded and cute for my liking. And it seems to be the same WebOS interface we saw two years ago. WTF?

Jmaxku said,
I may be alone on this one, but I think the OS looks awful. Too rounded and cute for my liking. And it seems to be the same WebOS interface we saw two years ago. WTF?

yup lol webos doesn't have a very bright future neither with HP or if it was still just palm

Calm down people, you're comparing the TouchPad, that will be out THIS SUMMER (like in 4-5 months), to the iPad that was released in April 2010. It will be more than a year old by that time.

And we don't have the exact spec sheet for the Apple iPad2, so there is no way to know who beats who.

So, please, don't troll on something you don't know.

The TouchPad beats the iPad on all counts? Because it has Flash on it? I don't like the iPad all that much either but wouldn't make such statement...

Faisal Islam said,
At least TouchPad won't able to do any harm to iPad. webOS? huh..who cares...they could go with Windows or android.

Go with Windows or Android and then find themselves with nothing to differentiate themselves from their competition? nice one - I'm sure when they want 'tips' on how to make a product fail you'll be sitting at the top of their 'must call' list.

WebOS is a great hand held operating system - it is just a matter of HP improving the developer tools, marketing the platform, and getting the hardware focused. They're already got all those issues being addressed so it is just a matter of time.

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Honestly but, I think Touchpad beats iPad on all counts and probably already beats iPad2.

dhan said,

Honestly but, I think Touchpad beats iPad on all counts and probably already beats iPad2.

It's a good thing that it does beat the iPad on (apparently all) counts, since the iPad will be over a year old when the Touchpad does get launched.

Probably already beats iPad 2? Stupid or trolling comment (or both)? And no, the use of the word "probably" doesn't justify that statement.

Manish said,

It's a good thing that it does beat the iPad on (apparently all) counts, since the iPad will be over a year old when the Touchpad does get launched.

Probably already beats iPad 2? Stupid or trolling comment (or both)? And no, the use of the word "probably" doesn't justify that statement.

It probably will beat the iPad 2. I'm sure the resolution is better, the multitasking is far better (and REAL multitasking), the OS handles notifications A LOT better, it even integrates with the Pre phone a lot better, and more.

andrewbares said,

It probably will beat the iPad 2. I'm sure the resolution is better, the multitasking is far better (and REAL multitasking), the OS handles notifications A LOT better, it even integrates with the Pre phone a lot better, and more.

I consider multitasking on WebOS to be the worst when compared to iOS and Android. I do not enjoy managing cards.

andrewbares said,

I'm sure... blah blah blah...

Of course you're sure. That wise post of yours must've been based on seeing/using an iPad 2, rather than made-up BS. Any opportunity to be anti-Apple ay?

Manish said,

Of course you're sure. That wise post of yours must've been based on seeing/using an iPad 2, rather than made-up BS. Any opportunity to be anti-Apple ay?

so you have seen iPad 2 to say this doesn't beat it? You are as clueless as the next person. Keep that attitude in check.

When did I say I had seen it? What an absolute stupid thing to say. Without having used or seen a device, it's idiotic to comment whether it will be better or worse than another device which has been detailed. It's a shame that you don't understand such a simple concept. I might as well go around saying the iPad 3 will be the best device in the world and beat everything you own put together <<snipped>>

It's clear who the clueless one is. How about you keep your "facts" in check, and then I'll keep my attitude in check. :rollseyes:

Edited by xendrome, Feb 13 2011, 1:15am :

Manish said,
When did I say I had seen it? What an absolute stupid thing to say. Without having used or seen a device, it's idiotic to comment whether it will be better or worse than another device which has been detailed. It's a shame that you don't understand such a simple concept. I might as well go around saying the iPad 3 will be the best device in the world and beat everything you own put together <<snipped>>

It's clear who the clueless one is. How about you keep your "facts" in check, and then I'll keep my attitude in check. :rollseyes:


In same vein, when did I say my comment was a "fact"? You are entitled to your opinion if you think iPad2/3 will be best or not. There is no use of attacking those of us who think otherwise a "troll" or a "stupid".
I said this beats iPad2 because iOS still can't multi task properly(unlike Android, webOS) and the multi-task UI on this is better than what iOS has. Yes, I have a iPhone and I know inside out of how it works UI wise. webOS also does services better than iOS/Android.
Yes, clueless and penis...keep thinking about them.

Edited by xendrome, Feb 13 2011, 1:26am :

I don't care what phone you have. I didn't call you stupid or troll, I referred only to your comment. The point is that you still don't know what hardware or software features the iPad 2 will have. I can't be bothered to keep going over this anymore since it's clearly a waste of time.

if they aren't on sale now, might be too late later this year. ipad2 and honeycomb are both coming out very soon.

I like the look of the software interface, but the devices themselves (maybe not the tablet) appear to have quite a bit of excess on the sides. It seems like they're simply trying to replicate similar apple devices, which may be either good or bad in that some users might see it as a cheesy ripoff or a new simplified device with something different than iOS. We'll see, HP has a reasonable user base and a decent approval rating on their devices already, so these devices might be readily accepted.

looks good, love the look of the OS, very clean with clean lines. I hope the hardware is more HP server quaility than low end compaq quaility, if it is then they have a winner as WebOS is a very promising mobile OS.

Im really liking where the developers/manuafacturers (apple, google, microsoft and now HP) are going with the mobile platform, both smartphone and slate/tablet.

REM2000 said,
looks good, love the look of the OS, very clean with clean lines. I hope the hardware is more HP server quaility than low end compaq quaility, if it is then they have a winner as WebOS is a very promising mobile OS.

Im really liking where the developers/manuafacturers (apple, google, microsoft and now HP) are going with the mobile platform, both smartphone and slate/tablet.

Agreed; their new range of laptops also seem to be very minimalist with clean lines as well which is a great change from the awful gaudiness of their prior products. I wonder how well these devices will integrate into their later ecosphere of products and what Microsoft thinks of the whole situation given that HP and Microsoft have a relatively close relationship.

jasondefaoite said,
I'm expecting the WiFi model to be US$499

It's HP...they are not abnormal like apple. They will not separate Wi-fi. 3G, Bluetooth models.

Faisal Islam said,

It's HP...they are not abnormal like apple. They will not separate Wi-fi. 3G, Bluetooth models.

Oh. Was Jon Rubinstein lying then when he said, "a WiFi version of HP's TouchPad will be available in the summer, followed by 3G and 4G versions"?

(This sarcastic reply was made on the assumption that you meant "separate Wi-Fi and 3G models". I had to interpret because what you actually posted didn't fully make sense.)

Faisal Islam said,

It's HP...they are not abnormal like apple. They will not separate Wi-fi. 3G, Bluetooth models.

Pardon? Where have Apple separated into wifi/3g/bluetooth? there is a wifi model and 3g model but that is because not all people are interested in the 3g model - why should a customer be forced to pay another $100 or so for a feature that they're never going to use?

still1 said,
May be its just me... veer look ugly and pre 3 looks a little better than veer.

Huh? The two look virtually identical, other than the size of the screen. And I really don't see how either are ugly. Plain, maybe, but certainly not ugly.

roadwarrior said,

Huh? The two look virtually identical, other than the size of the screen. And I really don't see how either are ugly. Plain, maybe, but certainly not ugly.


may be its the screen size of veer that i dont like. certainly dont please me.
btw, i like the tablet.