HP Announces WebOS-Based TouchPad Tablet, Pre 3 and Veer Smartphones

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HP's acquisition of Palm may finally be bearing fruit, as an ongoing media event today has revealed a significant reboot of the company's webOS-based mobile strategy headlined by the TouchPad, a new tablet device similar in many respects to Apple's iPad.

Running on a dual-core Snapdragon processor at 1.2 GHz, the TouchPad offers 16 or 32 GB of storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, and support for gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass functions. The TouchPad offers essentially the same 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 display used in the current iPad, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and stereo speakers.

HP's TouchStone wireless charging solution has also been augmented to support the new devices, not only offering charging capabilities but also supporting wireless sharing of data between devices. Multitasking is also a key feature of the webOS experience, with applications showing as "cards" that can be easily flicked out of the way to switch to a different application.

The company also announced a pair of new webOS smartphones: the Veer, which offers a credit-card sized form factor with a slide-out keyboard, and the Pre 3, the next-generation version of Palm's debut webOS device offering a 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor.

We'll continue to update this post as more information is released.

Article Link: HP Announces WebOS-Based TouchPad Tablet, Pre 3 and Veer Smartphones
 

LaDirection

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*******, not only do they copy the device, they can't even come up with their own keynote fonts and background...
 

Rodimus Prime

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sounds like the deeper pockets was a good thing for palm.


*******, not only do they copy the device, they can't even come up with their own keynote fonts and background...
I am not sure what to say but that is pretty bad fanboyism in that post.

That keynott background and font is fairly common to us. I have seen quite a few keynotts on things that have nothing to do with technology and that type of font on a background like that is just common to us. It is easy on the eyes and eye to read.
 

chris975d

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I'm watching the Engadget live feed of this, and I must say, the way Palm/HP have enabled the wireless synchronizing/communicating of these devices is a pretty amazing idea. If a call or text comes in on the handset (Pre 3) while it's on the Touchstone charger, it can instantly be answered/replied to on the tablet. That's something that I'm surprised Apple hasn't gone after yet.
 

NT1440

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VERY nice looking tablet. IMO a very nice competitor. Lets see if Apple has any software innovations up their sleeves.
 

Amnak

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The phones might not br as heavy competition , but this tablet is uncluttered compared to Honeycomb similar to the iPad better in some areas, Apple has a lot riding on iPad 2. Of course nothing is clear cut but Palm is at the position to do something they only lack ecosystem.
 

NT1440

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I'm watching the Engadget live feed of this, and I must say, the way Palm/HP have enabled the wireless synchronizing/communicating of these devices is a pretty amazing idea. If a call or text comes in on the handset (Pre 3) while it's on the Touchstone charger, it can instantly be answered/replied to on the tablet. That's something that I'm surprised Apple hasn't gone after yet.
NFC communications with devices and accessories is already patented by Apple, so I assume they've cooked up their own ideas on this.
 

chris975d

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NFC communications with devices and accessories is already patented by Apple, so I assume they've cooked up their own ideas on this.
I'm just surprised they haven't enabled something like this however. This definitely seems like an "Apple" technology (with AirPrint, AirPlay), but Palm/HP kind of beat them to the punch, at least demo-wise. Still remains to be seen when these will actually ship (Pre 3 is this Summer, apparently). Apple may have this idea out with the next iPad and iPhone though, and be the first to actually ship these type of devices.
 

Speedy2

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NFC communications with devices and accessories is already patented by Apple, so I assume they've cooked up their own ideas on this.
Or they might have simply struck a deal about patent exchange, which is what usually happens these days.
 

Mike84

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Very interesting to see them copying the keynote style presentation that Apple does.
 

CristobalHuet

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Any word on battery life?

I love the iPad, but I'd be lying if I said this didn't make me think twice. Too bad it's coming out in the summer.
 

petvas

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I love the new Touchpad. WebOS is really optimized for the tablet form factor and it shows. I am still watching the Engadget feed and I have to say I am impressed with the Touchpad. The new smartphones didn't impress me that much. Especially the Pre3 has nothing new to offer apart from the very fast processor. The problem here is the delivery time...
 

Popeye206

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Bring them on!

Competition is good and like with the iPhone, the iPad has taken the "one to beat" position. That's a good thing for Apple and good for Apple fans as I'm sure the innovations will fall from the Apple tree soon.
 

NT1440

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I'm just surprised they haven't enabled something like this however. This definitely seems like an "Apple" technology (with AirPrint, AirPlay), but Palm/HP kind of beat them to the punch, at least demo-wise. Still remains to be seen when these will actually ship (Pre 3 is this Summer, apparently). Apple may have this idea out with the next iPad and iPhone though, and be the first to actually ship these type of devices.
Just learned that TouchPad isn't going to be out until summer. :mad:

Tech companies: APPLE ***** on you guys because they release things in a timely matter after announcement, how the **** have you not learned this yet??

HP boardroom - "Guys, we've got a great device here, you know what we should do? Demo it 6 months before we actually release it and let Apple just solidify their lead with their actual shipping product!"

"Genius! Get this man a raise!"

Dumbasses. :rolleyes:
 

talkingfuture

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The back of beyond.
Looks ok so far, nothing that would make me ditch iPad but looks interesting if you don't already have a tablet.

I quite like the rounded edges on that, more like the iPhone 3gs which I always find nicer to hold for gaming than the sharp edged iPad.
 

chris975d

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Just learned that TouchPad isn't going to be out until summer. :mad:

Tech companies: APPLE ***** on you guys because they release things in a timely matter after announcement, how the **** have you not learned this yet??

HP boardroom - "Guys, we've got a great device here, you know what we should do? Demo it 6 months before we actually release it and let Apple just solidify their lead with their actual shipping product!"

"Genius! Get this man a raise!"

Dumbasses. :rolleyes:
Yeah I know...I was thinking the same thing. With all of Rubenstein's experience at Apple (you can tell he was paying attention to keynote style!), you'd think he'd know not to show his hand until ready to release. This is amazing stuff from Palm/HP, but now everyone has time to copy it before Palm even ships a product! :rolleyes:
 

Crosbie

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It is Clonetastic. Does look nice and slick, and is a real competitor.

Interesting that they're cagey about battery life, and it's a chunky feller at half an inch thick.
 
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