The third of the three webOS-powered devices announced by HP last night is the HP Veer, a mere slip of a smartphone at just 54.5mm x 84.0mm x 15.1mm.
It’s a wee little fella
Claimed to be “bucking the current industry trend of ‘bigger is better’,” the handset serves up the same pebble-shaped goodness of the Pre – complete with the distinctive slide out keyboard – but shrinks the screen down to a 2.8-inch, 320×400 dots capacitive touchscreen number.
“While much of the industry is trending toward larger and larger devices, we believe there’s also a whole lot of room for thinking small,” insisted Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP.
“Veer bridges the gap for a new generation of smartphone users, proving they really can have it all without sacrificing the size they want.”
Powered by a modest Snapdragon 7230 processor running at 800MHz, the teensy weensy Veer packs an HSPA+ radio, and has Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 +ERD connectivity options plus support for Flash.
There’s 8GB of internal storage on tap, a rear-facing camera (sans flash), accelerometer, ambient light, and proximity sensors and mobile hotspot capabilities.
The Veer is scheduled for an “early Spring” release but we’ve no further info on release dates yet.
We think it’s rather a cute little number. How about you?
Operating system – HP webOS
HSDPA 7.2/HSUPA 5.76
Quad-band GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
2.6-inch multitouch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color, 320×400 resolution
Slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard
Microsoft Exchange email with Microsoft
Direct Push Technology
POP3/IMAP (Yahoo! Mail, Gmail™, AOL, Hotmail, etc.)
Integrated IM, SMS, and MMS
Built-in GPS (A-GPS)
5-megapixel camera with extended depth of field, geotagging, and video capture
Speakerphone; dual-mic for noise cancellation for quieter calls.
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
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.
8GB (~6.5GB available)
USB mass storage support
910 mAh (non-removable); up to 5.0 hours of talk time or 300 hours of standby time.
Charger/magnetic connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Magnetic connector with 3.5mm stereo headset adapter included
HP Touchstone – Compatible
Qualcomm MSM7230, 800Mhz
Width: 54.5mm (2.15 inches)
Height: 84.0mm (3.31 inches)
Thickness: 15.1mm (0.59 inches)
103 grams (3.63 ounces)