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HP’s Teeny Tiny Veer WebOS Phone Coming to ATT May 15

AT&T is hoping that good things do indeed come in small packages.

The company announced Wednesday that it will start selling the Veer, the smallest member of HP’s lineup of new webOS devices. The device will go on sale May 15 for $99 with a two-year contract.

The Veer will be called the Veer 4G given its support for AT&T’s HSPA network and will come in both black and white models. Among its features are the ability to act as a hotspot, version 2.1 of HP’s webOS, slide-out keyboard, support for Adobe Flash, five megapixel camera and 2.6-inch, 320-by-400 pixel screen.

But the most notable thing about the device is its ultra-small size when compared to most smartphones. AT&T says it hopes the Veer will stand out on its shelves.

“A large majority of our customers are choosing smartphones but they don’t all want the same thing,” AT&T mobility VP Michael Woodward said in a statement. “HP Veer 4G gives us a highly unique and feature-rich smartphone for customers who want something a ‘little’ different.”

The Veer was announced in February, when Palm also showed off the next Pre and its TouchPad tablet. We’re still waiting to hear when and where those devices will land.

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