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HP to launch the Veer – the tiny smartphone that could

HP Veer to launch soon

It is rumored that HP will launch their new phone “Veer” at a launch party on May 2 for retailers. HP acquired Palm last year and appear to have a faster, more powerful version of the Palm Pre set to be released next month.

The HP Veer uses the HP operating system which uses cards (squares that allow for multitasking by flipping “cards” around or off of the screen or opening them to use them), “just type” which offers app functionality when you start typing (just like on your smartphone when you start typing a name in contacts and it offers options as you type).

It has threaded integrated messaging and push notifications. The Veer charges wirelessly which is pretty cool.

Full technical specs:

Color

Black

Operating system

HP webOS

Network specs3

HSDPA 7.2/HSUPA 5.76
Quad-band GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
GSM/GPRS/EDGE

Display

2.6-inch multitouch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color, 320×400 resolution

Keyboard

Slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard

Email4

Microsoft® Exchange email with Microsoft
Direct Push Technology
POP3/IMAP (Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail, AOL, Hotmail®, etc.)

Messaging5

Integrated IM, SMS, and MMS

GPS6

Built-in GPS (A-GPS)

Digital camera

5-megapixel camera with extended depth of field, geotagging, and video capture

Audio

Speakerphone; dual-mic for noise cancellation for quieter calls.

Sensors

Accelerometer, ambient light, and proximity

Media formats supported

Audio formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
Video formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264

Wireless connectivity7

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication; Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support; Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot.

Memory8

8GB (~6.5GB available)
USB mass storage support

Battery9

910 mAh (non-removable); up to 5.0 hours of talk time or 300 hours of standby time.

Connector

Charger/magnetic connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Headphone jack

Magnetic connector with 3.5mm stereo headset adapter included

HP Touchstone10

Compatible

Processor

Qualcomm MSM7230, 800Mhz

Dimensions

Width: 54.5mm (2.15 inches)
Height: 84.0mm (3.31 inches)
Thickness: 15.1mm (0.59 inches)

Weight

103 grams (3.63 ounces)

We’ve become accustomed to our giant EVOs, so even though we haven’t gotten to physically review the Veer, we doubt this our cup of tea, but many would much prefer a powerful but small smartphone. What do YOU think of the Veer?

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Roland Estrada

    April 19, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Good luck with that HP. It's more of a feature phone. Microsoft failed with the Kin – a lesson to be learned.

    Palm failed because they had crappy hardware despite a promising OS. HP needs to offer a quality piece of hardware sans physical keyboard which is legacy tech. It's time to move on. PS. If HP can't offer a scratch resistant glass touch screen – forget it , I'm looking elsewhere.

    To be fair, WebOS is the most promising Tablet OS out there. If they can get traction with developers, HP will have a legitimate contender to Apples iOS.

    • James Malanowski

      April 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      How is this a feature phone? It's got the full webOS loaded into a small form-factor more powerful than many other smartphones on the market. The Kin is not even in the same ballpark.

      The pre has had Gorilla Glass screens since the pre 2, I believe. The Veer and the Pre 3, and possibly even the Touch Pad will have Gorilla Glass screens.

  2. James Malanowski

    April 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I've had the Palm pre since it's launch day and I love it. The OS is awesome. I'm looking forward to playing with the new hardware. I just hope that Sprint will pick up some of the new stuff coming this year. Phones like the Evo are nice, but not very pocketable … The pre and now the Veer are powerful and practical.

    The Veer's screen is a bit too small for me, but it's perfect for my wife who's still using her old Treo but really likes the smaller form factor and I'm drooling over the Pre 3 which should be out in the Fall.

    You slab-lovers can have 'em … My fat fingers don't do well with an on-screen keyboard, and the horizontal slider sucks for one-handed operation. The portrait slider with the full physical keyboard is a must for me personally.

    Here's an old-school Palm fan rooting for HP to do good things with this platform!

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