HP unveils new webOS smartphones

10 Feb 2011

Along with unveiling the TouchPad, HP revealed new webOS smartphones – the HP Veer and the HP Pre3.

HP Pre3

Described by HP as a “multitasking professional workhouse,” the Pre3 offers a 3.5-inch touchscreen, includes a slide-out keyboard and runs on a 1.4 GHz processor.

It has a high-capacity battery and Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

The Pre3 offers business-class email and encrypted data storage to protect important information. It supports VPN to connect to corporate networks.

The phone has HP Synergy, which brings together information from multiple sources across the web automatically into one place. For example, users can sign into their Facebook, Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo!, Google and LinkedIn accounts and HP Synergy populates this into the phone in real time.

It can support both flash and HTML5 for the web and has a front-facing camera for video calling.

The Pre3’s multitasking capabilities lets users manage multiple apps by natural touch gestures.

It has Just Type, so that if a user wants to search, text or update a status, they just have to type and the Pre3 takes you to where you want it to go.

Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite is another feature, which lets users view Microsoft Office documents and can integrate with other services, such as Google Docs and Box.net.

It has touch-to-share functionality, letting users send URLs to other webOS devices simply by tapping them against each other.

It’s also compatible with the HP Touchstone for easy charging and an Exhibition feature, letting users see a slideshow or their daily agenda on the screen when it charges.

The Pre3 can be used as a mobile hotspot, allowing it to become a mobile Wi-Fi router to share wireless connectivity with up to five Wi-Fi devices.

The HP Pre3 will be available in the summer and pricing will be announced at a later date.

HP Veer

HP Veer

The Veer is a small smartphone which packs a lot of punch. It measurements are 54.5mm x 84.0 mm x 15.1mm. According to HP, it’s “the size of a credit card and no thicker than a deck of cards” but offers high-end features, such as access to webOS apps and Flash support.

It has a slide-out keyboard along with touchscreen functionality, a 2.5-inch screen and includes an 800 MHz processor.

The phone has 8GB internal storage, integrated GPS and a 5-megapixel camera.

The Veer also has HP Synergy, Touchstone compatibility, Just Type and touch-to-share capabilities. It can also be used as a mobile hotspot.

The smartphone has integrated messaging, combining texts and IM conversations with a person into one view.

It can keep multiple websites and apps open at once and users can switch between them by swiping their fingers.

The HP Veer will be available from early spring, with pricing to be revealed at a later date.