HP Veer, Smartphones’ Runt, Goes to AT&T on May 15

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If you’re not a fan of the oversized smartphone craze, seek solace in HP’s Veer 4G, a diminutive smartphone that’s coming to AT&T for $99 on May 15.

By hiding a slide-out QWERTY keyboard behind a 2.6-inch, 320-by-400 resolution display, the HP Veer manages to be puny. Length and width are roughly equal to a credit card, and thickness is about the same as a deck of cards.

But with pipsqueak size comes pipsqueak specs, such as an 800 MHz processor, 8 GB of storage and a measly five hours of talk time. There’s a 5-megapixel camera in back, but no front-facing camera for video calls.

Fortunately, HP’s WebOS platform, acquired along with Palm in 2010, should run without issue, just as it did on Palm’s Pre, Pixi and Pre 2 smartphones. The operating system is generally well-regarded, with quick multitasking between open apps and integrated messaging that shows instant messages, text messages and pictures in a single view.

App count is a concern, as the WebOS only had 5,000 apps as of December, but HP’s renewed push with this operating system could drum up developer interest once more.┬áIn addition to the Veer, HP plans to launch the Pre 3 and TouchPad tablet this summer, both running WebOS.

There’s no pre-order available, so you’ll just have to keep the HP Veer’s May 15 launch date in mind if you’re in the market for a tiny smartphone.