HP Introduces TouchPad Tablet, Pre 3, Veer Smartphones for webOS
By Clint Boulton
HP formally unveiled its long-anticipated HP TouchPad, a tablet computer based on the revamped webOS the computer maker acquired in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm last year. Slated for retail this summer (no pricing yet), the machine weighs 1.6 pounds, and is powered by a 1.2GHZ dual-core processor. The machine will come in 16GB or 32GB of internal storage as it seeks to challenge the game-creating Apple iPad and fleet of tablets based on Google's Android 3.0 operating system, as well as RIM's PlayBook. TouchPad wasn't the only new webOS device to appear. HP also flaunted the HP Pre 3 and the ultra-small HP Veer smartphones. Available this summer, the HP Pre 3 sports a 3.6-inch screen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 1.4GHz processor, as well as front-and-rear facing cameras for video calls. Available this spring, the Veer offers just a 2.6-inch touchscreen on a tiny handset that is 3.31 inches long, or the length of a credit card. HP's Touchstone software will connect the three webOS devices by allowing consumers to share a URL between a Pre 3 and TouchPad by tapping them together. Users may also start reading a website or blog on a TouchPad and then tap their Veer smartphone to take it to go. Channel Insider offers a quick tour of HP's new webOS gadgets in this slideshow.