Hewlett-Packard has announced the release of a new tablet PC and two smartphones for this year, all running their WebOS.
Multiple portable devices are being released by Hewlett-Packard in coming months, as well as a wider release of their own operating system, WebOS. HP announced the 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet today, as well as two new smartphones, the third-generation Pre and another phone called the Veer. All of these devices will run WebOS, which will also be developed for use on laptops later this year.
The TouchPad will be released this summer, a 1.6 pound tablet PC with a front-facing camera, internal storage and 1024x768 resolution display. Further coverage shows Flash support, Beats by Dre speakers, and a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.” The first model will be WiFi networked, with a planned 3G version to follow.
The new Pre 3Pre 3 has 480x800 resolution on its 3.58-inch multitouch screen, HD video recording and USB mass storage support. These specs are much improved from the Pre 2, which now is available as an unlocked GSM device.
HP’s Veer takes the slim silhouette of the Pixi and pushes it even farther. The Veer has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, so in its compact form it is only 3.25 inches in height. The phone has a 2.6-inch multitouch screen with 320x400 resolution, and a non-removable battery. HP has slated the Veer’s release for Spring.
The Palo Alto-based device manufacturer is releasing these new products that may increase the reach of their operating system. Not only that, but they are hoping the TouchPad, Pre and Veer will be seen as a working environment where more than one will be useful for a single customer. The HP Touchstone technology began as a wireless charging pad but can now be used between these new devices to streamline workflow. By placing one on or next to the other, a user can pass a URL onto a device as is convenient.