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by Phil Nickinson Wed, 09 Feb 2011 3:05 pm EST

HP today at its Think Beyond event in San Francisco unveiled the Veer. It's the size of a credit card with a slide-out keyboard, 8GB of storage. Same memory as a Pre 2, and a Qualcomm 7230 Snapdragon processor at 800MHz. Other specs: Mobile hotspot, GPS, accelerometer, light sensor, Wifi b/g, HSPA+ all the usual stuff. It'll be out in "early spring," HP says.

Full specs and presser are after the break.

HP Veer Packs Big Smartphone Experience into Powerfully Small Package

 

Smallest HP webOS phone offers powerful features without the extra size

 

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For anyone who wants a smartphone that packs the features they crave without the extra size they don’t, HP (NYSE: HPQ) today introduced the powerfully small HP Veer smartphone running HP webOS.

 

“Veer bridges the gap for a new generation of smartphone users, proving they really can have it all without sacrificing the size they want.”

 

Veer is one of the products HP announced today to introduce a unique experience for customers around connected mobility. It’s one of the building blocks in HP’s vision to seamlessly connect all your worlds through the power of HP webOS.

 

Veer is the smallest webOS phone to date – the size of a credit card and no thicker than a deck of cards – yet it offers the higher-end features of a smartphone, such as easy messaging and access to apps, social networks and the web, including support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 beta in the browser for access to rich, Flash-based web content.(1)

 

It has a full slide-out keyboard, vivid touchscreen and access to thousands of webOS apps(2) in a surprisingly small, modern package that fits easily into a pocket or purse. It’s everything a smartphone should be, but in a smarter size.

 

“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 Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. “Veer bridges the gap for a new generation of smartphone users, proving they really can have it all without sacrificing the size they want.”

 

Less is more

 

At just 54.5 mm x 84.0 mm x 15.1 mm and only 103 grams, Veer touts an 800-MHz processor; a vivid 2.57-inch glass display; full slide-out keyboard; 8 gigabytes (GB) of internal user storage; a high-performance browser with full access to the web,(1) including support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta; Wi-Fi(1); integrated GPS(3); robust messaging support(4); and multimedia options, including music, photos, video recording and playback, and a 5-megapixel camera.

 

Veer also includes HP Synergy, which is exclusive to webOS devices. Synergy brings together information from multiple sources across the web automatically, so the information you need is all in one place.(5) In one incredibly small design powered by HP webOS, Veer gives you many features per square inch:

 

* More than just text – With Veer, messaging means more than just text.(4) Integrated messaging conveniently combines all your text messages, picture messages and IM conversations with one person into a single view. You can read and write email with ease and view your email accounts together or easily toggle between them.

* More ways to connect – Sign in to your Facebook®, Google, Microsoft® Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo!® accounts and the HP Synergy feature automatically populates your information on your phone.(5) Mobile social networking apps such as those for Facebook and Twitter allow you to stay connected, update your status and upload pictures in real time.(1) The webOS App Catalog features thousands of apps for fast and easy access to all the things you need from the web, including games, weather, movie info, news, recipes – you name it.(2)

* More than just search – With Just Type, whatever you want to do on your phone – searching the web, texting, updating your status or almost anything – all you have to do is start typing and Veer takes you there.(1,4)

* More apps open – Veer lets you keep multiple websites and apps open at the same time and easily switch between them with just a swipe of your finger. Pause a game, read a text message, check your calendar, reply to the text, then switch back to the game without closing anything.(1,6)

* More ways to get where you want to be – Veer lets you get directions, find points of interest or discover fun things to do on the go. Built-in GPS turns your phone into your personal navigation system, and apps such as Fandango and OpenTable work with GPS to pinpoint your exact location, get directions, find places of interest around you and provide turn-by-turn directions.(3)

* More power to you – With HP Touchstone (sold separately), Veer gives you a unique and innovative way to charge your phone. Simply place your phone on the dock and it charges automatically; there’s nothing to plug in. And the new Exhibition feature lets you run apps designed specifically for Touchstone. Set your phone on Touchstone, and Exhibition launches automatically, showing you anything from today’s calendar to a slideshow of your photos.(7) Veer also supports the HP mobile hotspot, enabling your phone to act as a mobile Wi-Fi router so you can share wireless internet connectivity with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including the new HP TouchPad, as well as notebooks, gaming devices and portable media players.(8)

 

Veer is one of three webOS products announced today (see separate announcements for HP Pre3 and HP TouchPad). Each product plays a distinct role in the growing webOS family, designed to meet the varying needs of customers in a rapidly evolving mobile landscape.

 

Availability

 

The HP Veer smartphone is scheduled to be available in the early spring. Exact pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.

 

HP Veer features and specs

 

* HP webOS

* High-speed connectivity(1)

* Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 800-MHz processor

* 2.57-inch multitouch screen with a vibrant, 18-bit color, 320 x 400 resolution display

* Gesture area, which enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation

* Full slide-out QWERTY keyboard

* 8 GB of internal storage(9)

* High-performance browser with full access to the web, including support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta for access to rich, Flash-based web content(1)

* Wireless connectivity:

o Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication(1)

o Integrated GPS(3)

o Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support

o Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot(8)

* Multimedia options, including music, photos, video recording and playback, a 5-megapixel camera with geotagging and 3.5 mm stereo headphone adapter

* Email, including EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers) and personal email support (Google Gmail push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP)(5)

* Robust messaging support (combining IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)(4)

* Proximity sensor, light sensor and accelerometer

* Rechargeable 910 mAh battery

* USB mass storage mode to transfer your media and other files quickly between desktop and device

* Ringer switch, which easily silences the ringer with one touch

* Compatible with HP Touchstone (sold separately)

* Tri-band UMTS, quad-band GSM/EDGE world phone(10)

* Dimensions: 54.5 mm x 84.0 mm x 15.1 mm (2.1 inches x 3.3 inches x 0.6 inches)

* Weight: 103 grams (3.6 ounces)

 

More information about HP Veer is available at www.palm.com/Veer.

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Wow, no love for Sprint. You've gotta be kidding me.

My thoughts exactly, can't believe that. Didnt see any network info for the Pre 3, hopefully Sprint will pick it up.

The Veer is apparently a ATT exclusive. The product page says the Veer only has ATT 3G bands. Sprint will get the Pre 3. There's no doubt about that.

Why dont they make a phone that slides the long way. i'd buy that in 2 seconds. This is just a small Pre, they need new phone layouts

I understand needing a small device, but a 910 mAh battery to the already bad bettery in webOS devices is just pathetic! I'm really sad today, despite the announcements of these devices! I don't know if i can call myself a Palm/WebOS fanboy anymore! :(

They did switch processor though. Qualcomm new chip sets are supposedly more efficient and the screen is smaller. If you ask any DroidX/Evo4G user. The screen is a large part of battery consumption.

My understanding is that webOS 2.1 optimizes battery usage. I don't think you will have the same battery experience that you have with the Pre minus.

Well...

I think that HP has missed the point of why people like the smaller Pixi. I sold my orginal Pre for a Pixi so I wouldnt have to continually slide open the phone to text "ok" back to a friend. It was the candybar format that i like; The smaller size was only secondary...

I have been holding my Pixi upside down to imagine talking (closed) on a the Veer... really hard to imagine being comfortable, and or easy to hold on to.

Also, why did they remove the flash from the camera??? Thats kind of a big deal for me. :(

Overall: Preliminary thoughts are that even after all of this Thinkbeyond stuff, I will still have to keep my Pixi. :(

I absolutely agree. If this is the replacement for the Pixi then I think it means the end of a solid candybar smartphone. It was that form factor that got me to migrate at all. And I love WebOS now, I'm not sure if that will get me to overcome my hatred of sliders though.

I can't afford a data plan off Sprint anyway.

I think it may be a case of no love FROM Sprint...

who seriously wants this as their main phone? that screen size is useless, this will prob end up like the Kin.

It is the perfect phone if you want a small PHONE that you can put in your pocket and normally carry a tablet or a small pc (I do).

That way you have a convenient phone, always have data, and constantly have wi-fi on a really big screen - i.e. tablet or small laptop.

IMHO, these bigger and bigger phones are trying to do too many things at the same time. I like the splitting of function.

And if you don't, buy a bigger phone. I think there's a niche for this. And I don't need a big bulge in my pants pocket. Do you? Or a cracked screen.

I dont mind the screensize (as it is basically the same as a Pixi), but the lack of a camera flash and slideout keyboard kill it for me... so disappointing for us pixi owners to only have a slideout option.

Today was a big letdown. My Pre- is falling apart more every day, and now nothing will be available on Sprint until summer, and that's only IF they get the Pre 3. I guess I was doing too much thinking beyond when I hoped that I could buy a hot new webOS phone within the next few weeks.

I want this as my main phone! It looks awesome. Dont like the battery size and the fact the battery is not interchangeable

I HOPE SPRINT DOESNT GET ANY OF THESE HORRIBLE FONES SO HP LOSES ALL ITS FONE CUTOMER! THIS IS HORRIBLE! I KEEP ON REPEATING MYSELF THAT THIS IS GARBAGE!

early spring? hopefully it will be on the now network. my pre bricked since jan and i just want a new webos device on sprint damn! im freakin melting here and bout to turn into a android!!

Nope. Not CDMA = not Sprint/Verizon.

Why do people insist on complaining about the Veer not being announced for Sprint when we know this back on FEBRUARY 9?

Might be a decent device (specs-wise it seems okay) but I don't think they'll get many pixi users upgrading. Now what are the odds that there will be even more phones announced at the March webOS event? Something more along the lines of a more professional candybar or a slate type device. I'd even consider a horizontal slider, if the size and styling were better than this round of phones.

On second thought, after watching the vid at engadget I must say I'm impressed. The speed of this phone looks very nice.

I can imagine myself getting one if the price is right. Just as a backup phone adressing the poor battery life of my pre- (and presumably of the pre3 aswell; only 80 additional mAh for a similar device with an even bigger screen?) Battery dead? Just boot up the veer. ;)

No, seriously, this could be a great 2nd phone to take with you when going out in summertime. The pre is just a little too heavy and bulky for a trousers pocket imo.

Folks, have you ever stopped and though "oh, maybe this is just the first salvo in a plethora of new phones this year!"? Perhaps a new Pixi IS coming out and just wasn't part of this announcement. Remember...a new phone every 2 months. That's 2 down, 4 to go.

the phone looks cute, but what the fruck am i supposed to do with a 2.6 screen? pay 30 extra a month to view it on that screen?

this phone could be aimed at the european market. Small phones have always been popular over here.

I LOVE the Veer. Too bad it's GSM only. I love my Verizon, hate AT&T. Oh, well...