HP’s new WebOS devices: the highlights
Today, HP announced three new WebOS devices: The cell phones Pre 3 and Veer and the tablet TouchPad. This post summarizes the highlights.
|The TouchPad’s virtual keyboard has a row of keys with numbers and function-key-activated symbols [picture by HP].|
- HP TouchPad [Engadget]:
- Weight, dimensions, display: more or less the same as the iPad.
- Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor (the two cores make it really fast).
- Lots of RAM: 1GB. Well done. Compare to iPad (256MB) and iPhone (512MB).
- Front-facing 1.3 megapixel webcam, support for video calling.
- Phone integration: exchange notification and texts.
- The virtual keyboard has an additional row with numbers where
characters such as the @ symbol can by typed via a function key (see picture above). This has been a major peeve of mine on the iPad.
- Accessory: Touchstone, a stand that charges the TouchPad via
induction (no wire or connector).
- Kindle and Skype apps will be available.
- Available: summer 2011
- HP Pre 3 [Engadget]:
- Higher 800 x 480 resolution, same 3.6" display. (iPhone: 960 x 640, 3.5")
- Fast 1.4GHz processor (single core)
- HSPA+ and EVDO Rev A (world phone!)
- Exhibition mode: Displays special apps when in a dock, for example “things like a clock, upcoming events,
notifications and photo slideshows. It’s said webOS will include a
feature to intelligently switch between what to show in Exhibition based
on your physical location. ” [cocoia blog]
- Available: summer 2011
- HP Veer [Engadget]:
- Cute mini version of the Pre 3 (see picture below)
- 2.6" 320 x 400 display
- Available: spring 2011
|The Veer is a mini version of the Pre 3 [picture by HP]|
- WebOS versions:
- TouchPad: WebOS 3.0 (new version)
- Pre3, Veer: WebOS 2.2
- The Palm brand is gone, it’s all HP now. The WebOS brand stays.
- HP Pre
is quite a bit harder to pronounce than Palm Pre.
- Phones and the TouchPad support Touch-to-Share “a feature that lets users easily transfer a website,
document, song, text or call from the phone to the tablet – or vice
versa – simply by tapping the two devices together.” [Engadget]
- WebOS will come to PCs, printers and possibly other form factors later this year.
- Update: It looks like this will be a cross-platform layer that allows one to run WebOS apps on many platforms. This is similar to a wish of mine that I mentioned in a post on Chrome OS (toward the end).
- Planned availability: spring for the Veer, summer for TouchTab and Pre 3. That’s a long time to wait for the latter two! Especially the TouchTab will face stiff competition with Android Honeycomb tablets and the iPad 2 imminent (and thus probably preceding it by a few months).