HP Readies TouchPad, Veer, Pre 3 for Upcoming Release

Seven months after completing its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm, Hewlett-Packard has unveiled two new smartphones and released a new tablet called the TouchPad.

The products are the company’s first brand-new offerings since HP acquired Palm last year; HP did update offer updates to the Palm Pre and Pixi smartphones last fall.

The HP TouchPad features a 9.7-inch multitouch display, virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi connectivity and access to thousands of webOS applications. CNN reported that HP decided to scale up webOS  the mobile operating system that HP obtained through its Palm acquisition to support a platform that would extend beyond smartphones.

HP on Wednesday also introduced the Veer, a smartphone that is about the size of a credit card and roughly the thickness of a deck of cards. HP expects the Veer to be available in the early spring. 

The Washington Post reported that Veer will be available in a version for GSM carriers and will support the HSPA+ mobile broadband technology that AT&T and T-Mobile market as 4G. 

HP will also have an update to the Pre, calling it the HP Pre3. It features a 3.58-inch touchscreen, 1.4 GHz processor and a slide-out keyboard. The smartphone will be compatible for GSM and CDMA technologies, the Post said.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP plans to release the TouchPad and Pre3 in the summer and said it will disclose exact pricing and availability at a later date.  

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