HP, along with the Veer and the Pre3, have announced a first for them, and for webOS – the HP TouchPad, the webOS enabled tablet. At 1.6 pounds, 13.7mm thick, and a 9.7″, 1024 x 768 resolution screen, this is a slick looking device. (however lacking any kind of Palm branding) But don’t let the looks fool you into thinking this doesn’t pack a punch; the TouchPad has specs to back it up, too. With your choice of a 16 or 32 GB model, 1 GB of RAM, (twice that of the Pre2, and 4x that of the iPad) and a dual core Snapdragon 8660 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, this device is made for direct competition with tablets in the current market. Also included in the hardware is a 1.3MP front-facing webcam, support for video calling, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, A-GPS, (only in 3G model) Touchstone wireless charging, (as well as other features mentioned later on) and a set of stereo speakers.
On the software side of things, there’s a plethora of awesome features coming with the TouchPad, including webOS 3.0, its own “Beats” audio engine, the show-stealing Touch-to-Share option using the built in Touchstone technology (transfer wesbites, documents, songs, SMS, calls from phone to tablet, or tablet to phone by tapping them together) which is a feature not seen on any other tablet or mobile experience, “true” multitasking, a new paneled email application, a Growl-ish (for you Mac users out there) pop-up notification system, Skype support, full-fledged Amazon Kindle support, tons of calendar and email integration thanks to HP Synergy, a fresh virtual keyboard, VPN support, wireless printing to “most wireless-enabled HP printers made in the last few years”, as well as the full, editing version of QuickOffice, with Google Docs, Dropbox, and box.net compatibility. By far one of the coolest features is the ability to ‘throw’ notifications from the Veer or Pre 3 to the TouchPad – as long as there’s a Touchstone around, the devices can communicate, from texts to phone calls to emails.
On the accessory side of things, there’s a ‘lightweight case’ / stand which includes a kickstand for desk use, a wireless keyboard, and a Touchstone dock that enables all the wireless communications between these killer webOS devices.
So far release dates and prices were vague, giving just “coming this summer” timeframe to the WiFi only version, (which can be tethered to the Pre 3 / Veer for on the road data, if needed) with 3G and 4G versions coming out later on, and prices to be determined at a later date.
What do you think of TouchPad? More of the same as far as webOS is concerned, or a genuine competitor for the monster Android and iOS crowds? Let us know in the comments below!
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Hamilton, Ontario, born and raised. I’m the oldest of two, really into the tech scene. Like my Macbook, Live for my Xbox 360, and LOVE my phones. I work for a large Canadian Telecomm company by day, and a Gizmo Ninja editor by night. I’ve jumped around every mobile OS I can get my hands on, including Symbian, Windows Mobile, WP7, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, etc. Current devices include the HTC Desire Z, HTC Desire HD, Motorola Milestone, HTC HD7, LG Optimus Quantum, and my daily device is my Motorola Atrix.