HP launches TouchPad tablet
Company expands webOS line with tablet plus two new webOS smartphones
HP has launched three new products to enlarge its HP webOS line. The products are its first webOS tablet device - the HP TouchPad, the HP Pre3 smartphone and the smaller HP Veer smartphone.
The HP TouchPad has a 9.7-inch capacitive multi-touch display, virtual keyboard and support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta in the browser as well as access to webOS applications.
"Today we're embarking on a new era of webOS with the goal of linking a wide family of HP products through the best mobile experience available," said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. "The flexibility of the webOS platform makes it ideal for creating a range of innovative devices that work together to keep you better connected to your world."
The TouchPad is designed to be used either alone, or as a companion device to a webOS smartphone. Calls can be answered and viewed from the TouchPad and a user can touch an enabled webOS phone to the TouchPad to share web URLs.
The device has the HP Synergy feature, designed to enable users to sign into Facebook, Google, Microsoft Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo! accounts and information from a users contacts, calendar and email automatically populate the TouchPad.
WebOS allows users to run multiple applications at the same time and shows your activities as cards on the screen. This is designed to allow the user to easily navigate between the functions they are using, such as Facebook, a music player and IM chat. TouchPad also features a webOS communication suite powered by HP Synergy, designed to keep a user connected, the solution includes email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar, videos and a front-facing camera for video calling.
The TouchPad also features Wi-Fi, GPS on the 3G model, Bluetooth 2.1, a 1.2GHz processor, the option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for live video calling.
A Micro-USB with USB 2.0 is also included. The device measures in at 190mm x 242mm x 13.7mm and weighs 740g.
Amazon.com has announced that it will be launching a free Kindle app for HP webOS tailored for TouchPad, designed to give users access to more than 810,000 titles from Amazon's Kindle Store.
HP is also working with Quickoffice to include the Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite. The TouchPad also comes with VPN support to connect to corporate networks and the device has built-in HP Touchstone technology for easy charging.
The HP TouchPad is scheduled to be available later in the year and both pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
HP has also released the HP Pre3 smartphone, which features a 3.58-inch touchscreen, a 1.4GHz processor and a full slide-out keyboard.
"In the suite of webOS products we're introducing today, Pre3 is our premier phone, designed for the speed of business," said Rubinstein. "It enables professionals to accomplish more of their important workday tasks while easily keeping their fingers on the pulse of their personal lives."
The phone, which runs on HP webOS features eight or 16 gigabytes of internal storage, support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Wi-Fi, integrated GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot.
The device also has a 5MP camera with autofocus and an LED flash and a front-facing camera for video calling.
Weighing in at 156g, the device measures 111mm x 64mm x 16mm.
Pricing and availability is scheduled to be announced later in the year.
The last device announced by HP is the HP Veer smartphone. This device is HPs smallest webOS smartphone to date, measuring in at 54.5mm x 84.0mm x 15.1mm and weighing in at 103g.
The Veer has a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, similar to the Pre3, an 800MHz processor, a 2.57-inch glass display, eight gigabytes of internal storage and a five-megapixel camera with geotagging.
"While much of the industry is trending toward larger and larger devices, we believe there's also a whole lot of room for thinking small," said Rubinstein. "Veer bridges the gap for a new generation of smartphone users, proving they really can have it all without sacrificing the size they want."
The phone also has Wi-Fi, integrated GPS and Bluetooth 2.1 with Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot.
Availability and pricing is due to be announced later in the year.