HP Releases Miniature Veer Smartphone

HP has added a new smartphone to its stable, the Veer, one that looks like a scaled down version of the Palm Pre but slightly less rounded.

It is just slightly bigger than a pack of 12 credit cards and is possibly one of the smallest devices on the market with a capacitive touchscreen.

Apart from dropping the Palm name altogether, the phone offers a snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 system on chip clocked at 800MHz, a 2.6-inch 320x400 pixels touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera, HSPA+, 8GB onboard storage and a number of sensors.

Like the previous Pre, it is powered by WebOS (no surprise here), boasts Touchstone compatibility (yippee), a slide out vertical keyboard and mobile hotspot support.

The keyboard is likely to give rise to heated discussion as the keys appear to be extremely small and may cause frequent mistyping; only time will tell.

The Veer should be out in the US by this spring and in the UK later this year. Pricing and carriers have yet to be announced for the UK; O2 was the last carrier for the Palm Pre.