HP Announces the Veer Smartphone

Posted by at 11:34 am on February 9, 2011

HP has introduced the HP Veer smartphone running HP webOS. Veer is one of the products HP announced today along with HP TouchPad. 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 Flash-based web content.

It has a full slide-out keyboard, vivid touchscreen and access to of webOS apps in a small, modern package that fits easily into a pocket or purse. “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, including support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta; Wi-Fi; integrated GPS; robust messaging support; 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.

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 webOSHigh-speed connectivity
  • 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
  • High-performance browser with full access to the web, including support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta for access to Flash-based web content
  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authenticationIntegrated GPS
    Bluetooth wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
  • Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot
  • 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)
  • Robust messaging support (combining IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor and accelerometer
  • Rechargeable 910 mAh battery
  • USB mass storage mode to transfer your media and other files between desktop and device
  • Ringer switch, which silences the ringer with one touch
  • Compatible with HP Touchstone (sold separately)
  • Tri-band UMTS, quad-band GSM/EDGE world phone
  • 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)

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