We're here at HP's webOS 2.1 event in San Francisco. HP has announced a couple of big things today; a tablet (HP TouchPad), a (tiny) smartphone (HP Veer) and a professional phone (the Pre 3), all running the webOS 2.1 operating system.

The TouchPad is a 9.7" (1024x768) tablet powered by the Qualcomm MSM8x60 SoC with a 1.2GHz dual-core Scorpion CPU, a 1.3MP webcam, 16 or 32GB storage, 1GB RAM and 802.11 b/g/n. The TouchPad weighs in at about 1.6 lbs and 13mm thick. The TouchPad WiFi-only version will be coming to US sometime this summer with 3G/4G versions and other markets to follow.

Tablet Comparison
  Apple iPad HP TouchPad Motorola Xoom
Screen Size 9.7-inches 9.7-inches 10.1-inches
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768 1280 x 800
Weight 1.5 lbs WiFi (680g) 1.6 lbs (730g) 1.6 lbs (730 g)
SoC Apple A4, single 1.0GHz Cortex A8 Qualcomm MSM8x60, dual 1.2GHz Scorpion cores NVIDIA Tegra 2, dual 1.0GHz Cortex A9
GPU ImgTech PowerVR SGX 535 Qualcomm Adreno 220 NVIDIA GeForce ULV
OS iOS webOS Android

The Veer is a 2.6" (320x400) dimunitive QWERTY slider powered by the Qualcomm MSM7230 800MHz single-core SoC, 5MP camera, 8GB storage, 512MB RAM, 802.11 b/g and it is coming this Spring.

Finally the Pre 3 is a 3.6" (480x800) QWERTY slider powered by the Qualcomm MSM8x55 1.4GHz single-core SoC, 5MP camera with LED flash with HD video recording (and a front facing camera), 8 or 16GB storage, 512MB RAM, 802.11 b/g/n and will be coming this summer.

If you want to know more about what new features and updates webOS brings to the table, have a look at our webOS overview article here.

We will follow up with a more detailed analysis of the event and announcements (and there's been a LOT of that) later today, so stay tuned!

Veer hands-on
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  • metafor - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - link

    Depends on what you mean by performance. Certainly it may benchmark higher but I think there are inherent advantages of dual-core (one process not lagging another) that aren't tangible in graphs.

    I think today's 1GHz CPU's are plenty to handle most if not all single-threaded tasks. I'm not sure how noticeable a bump to 1.4GHz would be.

    Of course, compared to what Palm had before, this will be lightyears ahead.
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  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - link

    Very true. One of the biggest benefits of a multi-core architecture is making up for inefficiencies in any software scheduling algorithms. If a process is incorrectly over scheduled on a single core, the UI thread or other processes may starve. On a dual-core platform, they simply continue executing on the idle core.

    Take care,
    Anand
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  • tviceman - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - link

    I have to admit I'm a little disappointed to see HP not adopting Tegra 2, but I'm hooked on webOS so I really hope Pre3 comes to sprint. Reply
  • sprockkets - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - link

    Didn't HP get the memo that chicklet keyboards were so 2003? At least the tablet has some promise to it with their good OS. Reply
  • memoroid - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - link

    Until HP releases the price details, IMO, it doesn't deserve a comparison Reply
  • Conficio - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - link

    "touch the Touc?Pad".

    Thanks for being to simely with this info!
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  • Conficio - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - link

    Thanks for being to *timely* with this info! Reply
  • austonia - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - link

    iOS, Android, BB OS, WebOS are all on phones & tablets now. where does that leave WP7..? unfortunately named. Reply
  • kmmatney - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - link

    I think Microsoft is still trying to shove Windows 7 onto tablets Reply
  • Conficio - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - link

    I'm missing any mention of GPS capability. Does it not have it? Reply

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