updated 01:50 pm EST, Wed February 9, 2011
HP unveils Veer and Pre3 at webOS event
HP as promised launched two new smartphones at its webOS event. The Veer is billed as one of the smallest smartphones ever and has the front surface area of a credit card; it tucks a slide-out keyboard underneath a 2.6-inch, 320x400 display. It still has an 800MHz processor fast enough to handle Flash and has HSPA+ 3G support for fast downloads on major networks.
The Pre3 is an upgrade to the Pre2 released just months ago and has a much sharper 3.6-inch, 480x800 display as well as a front camera for video chat. A 1.4GHz processor gives it another leap in performance, as do HSPA+ and (on CDMA carriers) EVDO Revision A. HP has taken design issues to heart and now has a new keyboard better for larger fingers.
All of the devices run webOS 2.1.
The Veer should be available in early spring and will be followed by the Pre3 in the summer. In the short term, Verizon will be carrying the Pre2 and should have it in stores effective tomorrow.