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!

Veer hands-on
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  • NitroTwiek - Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - link

    webOS 3.0 in the table? And somehow, Apple's conversion of 730g to imperial units ends up being 0.1 lbs lighter?
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - link

    sorry! fixed!

    Take care,
  • fabarati - Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - link

    What? The pre 3 and veer are WebOS 2.2 and the touchpad is WebOS 3.0

  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - link

    The demos today were on 2.1 I believe, however HP's site makes reference to 3.0/2.2 (although technically doesn't commit to shipping with those versions as anything could happen between now and Summer). I've removed the version numbers for now until HP officially commits to something.

    Take care,
  • fabarati - Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - link

    Oh, I see. Never mind, then.

    Btw, how does the displays on the new devices stack up against others? No one is writing which technology is used (presumably because HP hasn't told anyone yet) or even how good they are.
  • NitroTwiek - Thursday, February 10, 2011 - link

    NP... Just glad to see these go up so fast :)
  • ViperV990 - Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - link

    I can't believe HP ditched the best part about the Pixi - its slim and sturdy form factor - while keeping the worst part about it - the 2.6" 320x400 screen. Why would anyone get this over a Pre 2?
  • dagamer34 - Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - link

    My guess is that the Veer isn't meant to compete with the Pre 2, just be a cheaper version of it.
  • bplewis24 - Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - link

    Can't wait to see how a 1.4GHz chip performs in comparison to the 1.0GHz Tegra SoC and even the Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual core SoC.

  • zorxd - Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - link

    indeed, 1.4 GHz single core might perform better than 1GHz dual core in most smartphone applications

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