HP makes webOS trifecta with TouchPad, Pre3, Veer

The event was closely watched to see what kind of hardware HP rolls out to get the most out of webOS. Here is what it produced.

Hewlett-Packard rolled out its debut entrant into the red-hot tablet market, the HP Touchpad, as well as two new smartphones -- all running the latest version of the webOS acquired last year when it bought Palm. Here's a visual tour of the new products.

HP's TouchPad tablet has a high-resolution 1024x768 9.7 in.-display, weighs 1.6 pounds and is 13mm thick. It has a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and allows video calling. It comes with 16GB or 32GB storage and uses the dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Return to HP launches first run at the tablet market, two new smartphones

The Wi-Fi version of the TouchPad will be available this summer in the U.S. and select markets worldwide, with 3G and 4G versions coming later, HP said. A compact wireless keyboard is available. Return to HP launches first run at the tablet market, two new smartphones

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TouchPad's webOS interface groups applications logically as "card stacks"; when a user is finished with using an app she can simply flick it off the screen rather than shutting it down. Return to HP launches first run at the tablet market, two new smartphones

Touching a compatible webOS phone such as the new Pre3 (also unveiled on Wednesday) to the TouchPad can automatically fire up a browser on the phone and display the same Web page that's displayed on the tablet. The Pre3 has a 3.6-in. 480x800 display, and 5 megapixel camera that shoots HD video with stabilization, as well as a forward-facing camera for video calling. It runs on HSPDA+ or EVDO and uses a Qualcomm chip running at 1.4GHz. Return to HP launches first run at the tablet market, two new smartphones

HP's Synergy is used to synchronize webOS devices, so webOS phones such as Pre 3 (shown) can share address books, e-mail and the like with the TouchPad. Return to HP launches first run at the tablet market, two new smartphonesThe Veer, about the size of a credit card, features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and 2.6" 320x400 touchscreen display, and a touch area for navigation. Return to HP launches first run at the tablet market, two new smartphonesThe Veer supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Flash and GPS, and includes a USB port and audio jack, as well as a 5 megapixel camera. The phone has 8G bytes of storage and the same amount of memory as the Pre2, and can be used as a Wi-Fi router for five devices. It will be available in the early spring. Return to HP launches first run at the tablet market, two new smartphones

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