HP’s New ‘TouchPad’ Tablet Set for Summer Release

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HP officially announced the release of its long-awaited TouchPad tablet this Thursday 10th February. The Pao Alto based computer giant also confirmed that the TochPad would be based on Palm’s WebOS mobile operating system and will see a summer 2011 release. The company added that the TouchPad was designed by hundreds of engineers who are part of Palm’s WebOS team. HP acquired Palm Inc. in an all-cash deal last April.

The TouchPad is HP’s first WebOS based tablet PC and was chiefly designed to act as a digital companion to other HP devices and smart phones based on Palm’s WebOS platform.

would be based on Palm’s WebOS mobile operating system and will see a summer 2011 release. The company added that the TouchPad was designed by hundreds of engineers who are part of Palm’s WebOS team. HP acquired Palm Inc. in an all-cash deal last April.

The TouchPad is HP’s first WebOS based tablet PC and was chiefly designed to act as a digital companion to other HP devices and smart phones based on Palm’s WebOS platform. Two main models of the TouchPad – one with 16GBG memory and the other with 32GB memory, will be released simultaneously. Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein has been involved with the TouchPad since its inception and has made a significant contribution to the TouchPad’s over-all design.

HP's TouchPad

HP's TouchPad

The TouchPad is powered by a Dual core, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor. It has an iPad-like 9.7 inch digital display with a screen resolution of 1024 x 728. The slate also features a 1.3 MP webcam which can be used to make video calls using Skype. The Touchpad also comes equipped with additional features like a Gyro/Accelerometer and a navigational compass for location detection. The TouchPad is among the lightest tablets in its category and weighs only 1.6 pounds and is 3.7 mm thick.

The TouchPad supports Flash making it very easy for a user to browse a flash-based website. It also supports Google Docs, Dropbox, and Box.net. The TouchPad also comes pre-loaded with mobile productivity suite Quickoffice.

The TouchPad is based on Palm’s WebOS and runs all the usual WebOS PIM applications like Palm’s e-mail application. While the TouchPad’s product page has been activated on HP’s website, there is no clarity on its retail price. More details on the TouchPad’s tech specs and price are expected in the build up to its release later this year.

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