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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  • CharonPDX - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - link

    The slide says "Gesture area". What exactly does that mean? Reply
  • tipoo - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - link

    It has both. A gesture area at the bottom and a touch screen. Reply
  • vol7ron - Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - link

    Still unhappy about the screen size. The Xoom is the only thing that's coming close to a standard sheet of american paper (8.5 x 11) . All other manufacturers seem to want to go smaller.

    If this is going to be used in conjunction with a smartphone/PDA device, then I'm going to want it to be a little bigger. If they just removed the "grip" edges and made the whole thing a screen, i'd be happy.
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  • Zensen - Saturday, February 12, 2011 - link

    whats an american size piece of paper tablet going to serve? except give you the dimensions you need. I mean is it really going to matter that few more inches?

    It's a multimedia device with the capability of zooming in and out. Its much more portable as well. Im sure eventually companies will have smaller and larger tablets even if some are relunctant to admit it.

    you still have a notebook right?

    by the way if the whole thing was a screen, how you going to hold it without causing the screen to react unless it only reacts to a stylus like a wacom tablet ;)
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  • bigboxes - Thursday, February 10, 2011 - link

    The Pre 3 looks great! Finally something to replace my Pre. It's exactly what I want. Just a tad bit larger without being a brick and a little bit more under the hood. Is the Pre 3 going to have 4g? In the slide it says "world phone" and mentions HSPA+ and EVDO. Is the phone going to have both standards or just two versions? It would be nice to have both in one phone just in case you needed to travel to an area that had another standard.

    I really have a lot more questions. Are you guys planning a full review just like you gave for the LG Optimus 2X? Please? :)
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  • mythun.chandra - Thursday, February 10, 2011 - link

    The Pre 3 is scheduled to be launched sometime this Summer. We'll definitely have a detailed review of the Pre 3 once we gets our hands on one! :) You should expect a review of the Veer before that though. Reply

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