Hewlett-Packard unveiled two new smartphones and a tablet computer built with its Palm mobile operating system. The release marks HP’s move into the market dominated by Apple (iPad, iPhone) and Google (Android phones and new tablets). All the devices use the webOS operating system, inherited from Palm, which HP bought last year.
The smaller phone is called the Veer. It sports a tiny 2.57-inch screen. There’s also the Pre 3, which is aimed at business professionals. It has a 3.58 screen. A 9.7-inch tablet – the Touchpad – was also introduced.
No pricing details were released, but HP says they will ‘be competitive’. The devices are highly anticipated because they operate on webOS – giving HP a unique development environment. They are not forcing their devices to work with someone else’s OS – like Android. This will, theoretically, offer a more efficient and user friendly device.
Watch for the devices this summer.