HP takes the wraps off TouchPad with official announcement
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Ever since word came out about HP and Palm’s tablet WebOS 3.0, it was just a matter of time untill an HP tablet became official. That time appears to have come as HP announced the TouchPad tablet at their event a couple hours ago, along with a couple of smartphones powered by WebOS. Unfortunately, it appears as Palm is now out of the equation, as there is no branding on the tablet or on any of the other products.
The TouchPad will be HP’s biggest gun against the iPad and features a 9.7” display with a 1024x768 pixel resolution, a powerful Dual-Core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1 GB RAM which is “twice the memory of the Pre 2”, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, 16GB/32GB of storage, an 1.3MP webcam, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and weighs a solid 1.6 pounds.
The Touchpad (previously known as Topaz) will also include HP’s iconic Beats Audio and the newly introduced Touchstone technology. This technology will allow easy transfer between phones and tablet simply by tapping the two devices together. The TouchPad will also be able to communicate with the new Pre 3 by use of this new technology.
Of course no product is complete without its corresponding accessories, and HP has announced a case/stand, a wireless keyboard and a Touchstone dock for wireless communication with WebOS 3.0 devices.
While most tablets make do with previously available operating systems (Windows, Android, etc…), HP hopes that their supposedly “screaming fast” WebOS 3.0 will be able to compete with the top dogs of the tablet market. As of now the first TouchPad to hit the market will be the Wi-Fi variant, with the 3G and 4G versions following later on. Unfortunately, there will be no word with regards to pricing or actual release date until later this year.