HP Veer webOS phone big on features, not size

HP Veer

The smallest webOS handset has arrived and it’s no thicker than a deck of cards. The all new HP Veer displays dimensions of 2.1” x 3.3” x 0.6” and a 2.5” 320 x 400p multi-touch display along with a full slide-out keyboard. It offers easy messaging and access to apps, social networks and rich web content with Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta support.

The connectivity options are mostly the same as that of HP’s Pre 3 including the mobile hotspot capability. Users get 8GB of onboard memory with the Veer and a special gesture area accepts simple, intuitive gestures for navigation. An 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 processor powers this device which is also touted to be a tri-band UMTS, quad-band GSM/EDGE world phone.

“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,” cited 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.”

The HP Veer is equipped with a 5MP camera with geotagging for snap-happy users and the rechargeable 910mAh battery may be juiced up through the optional HP Touchstone dock. It embeds proximity and light sensors as well as an accelerometer. The rest of the specs cover HP Synergy, support for all kinds of messaging applications and mailing options, a USB mass storage mode and so on and so forth.

Unlike the Pre 3 and TouchPad, the Veer will be steering towards an early spring 2011 launch.