AT&T launches HP's Veer webOS smartphone

Let the webOS comeback campaign begin. AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will exclusively launch the Hewlett-Packard Veer 4G, HP's first smartphone since it acquired Palm last year for $1.2 billion.

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AT&T said it will launch the pint-sized smartphone in white and black May 15 for $99.99 with a two-year contract.  The Veer uses  webOS 2.1 and sports a 2.6-inch screen, making it smaller than a credit card. The phone supports HSPA+, tri-band UMTS and quad-band GSM/EDGE. It also has an 800 MHz Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and 8 GB of storage.  It also has mobile hotspot capability, allowing the phone to share an Internet connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

The Veer is HP's attempt to reintroduce webOS to the market after Palm's first wave of smartphones, including the Pre and Pixi, fell flat. Those devices did not fare well in the market despite praise for the webOS and its multitasking capabilities and user interface.  

In addition to the Veer, HP also plans to release its first webOS tablet, the TouchPad, along with a more powerful smartphone, the Pre3, later this summer. HP has not indicated which carriers it will partner with for those devices or when they might launch.

For more:
- see this release
- see this HP-Palm blog post

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