AT&T announced today the launch of the HP Veer webOS phone for May 15th. For $99.99 and a 2-yr agreement the credit-card sized smartphone will be yours. Powered by HP webOS, the Veer offers an advanced browser and a fast processor for a state-of-the-art web experience including Adobe Flash support. The HP Veer has 8GB of internal user storage and a full keyboard that slides out for texting and email. Notifications instantly display messages, reminders, and Facebook updates on a vivid 2.6-inch touchscreen, with instant messages, texts and pictures from the same person available all in one view.
HP Veer Specifications:
- HP webOS 2.1
- 3.63 ounces
- Tri-band UMTS: 850/1900/2100; HSDPA Cat 10/HSUPA Cat 6
- Quad-band GSM/EDGE
- 800Mhz processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230)
- 2.6-inch multitouch display screen with a vibrant 18-bit color, 320x400 resolution
- Slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard
- Email and integrated IM, SMS and MMS
- Facebook integration, YouTube
- Wi-Fi/aGPS capable
- 5-megapixel camera with extended depth of field, geotagging, and video capture
- Stereo Bluetooth (2.1)
- 8GB internal storage(~6.1GB available)
- 910 mAh battery; up to 5.0 hours of talk time or up to 300 hours of standby time.
- webOS WebKit browser with Flash support
- HP Touchstone compatible (sold separately)
The HP Veer 4G comes preloaded with several popular apps including mobile hotspot and AT&T Navigator. The mobile hotspot functionality (requires DataPro 4GB plan) allows users to share wireless internet connectivity with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices while AT&T Navigator a GPS-enabled navigation service, is designed to provide you with clear and precise audible and visual turn-by-turn driving directions, including full-color moving maps, using GPS directly from your wireless phone.
In addition, thousands of apps are available at your fingertips in the redesigned webOS App Catalog - social networking, health and fitness, productivity, finance, games—you name it. With Veer, customers are able to keep multiple apps open at once and easily switch back and forth between them. Purchasing apps is now even easier with the addition of carrier billing. Customers can now buy apps on their phone and have it added to their monthly bill with just a tap.
Small is sexy. The HP Veer could bring webOS back into the game. HP webOS has a good chance to catch Microsoft, but it also could be that the window of opportunity has passed and consumers just choose between Android and iOS devices.