Monday, February 21, 2011

HP Announces TouchPad, Veer and Pre 3: All Powered by Qualcomm

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!

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