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HP Announces TouchPad, webOS 3.0 tablet

David Gilbert


HP Announces TouchPad, webOS 3.0 tablet

HP has finally entered the tablet race, with the announcement in San Francisco of the TouchPad, its 9.7in webOS 3.0-toting tablet that will be arriving on our shelves this summer. However, in something of a kick in the teeth for the ex-Palm staff that surely must have been involved in the product's development, HP made no mention of the Palm name throughout the press conference. From now on its HP, HP, HP!

The Touchpad sports a 9.7in XGA (1024 x 768 pixel) capacitive, multitouch display with webOS 3.0, “true multitasking”, inbuilt gyroscope, accelerometer, compass and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage space. Powering all this will be dual-CPU 1.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor. The TouchPad will weigh in at about 740g and is 13.7mm thick – making it in size and shape a lot like the iPad. There is a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera to allow for video calling, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, A-GPS (3G model only), "twice the memory of a Pre 2" and a set of stereo speakers from Beats Audio.

What sets the TouchPad apart from competitors like theXoom and PlayBook, as well as webOS, are features such as wireless charging, HP Synergy and touch-to-share. Wireless charging comes by way of the inbuilt Touchstone technology and once docked with the Touchstone charger, Exhibition mode will automatically launch to allow for presentations or slide-shows. HP Synergy will see a lot of email and call integration and will populate the TouchPad with contacts from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Touch-to-share will work, thanks to Touchstone, in combination with the new Pre 3 smartphone, which was also just announced. It will allow for the easy transfer of a website, document, song, text or call from the phone to the tablet – or vice versa – simply by tapping the two devices together.

HP has not released a price, launch date, launch regions or carriers for the TouchPad yet but lets just be happy for now that the first webOS tablet is finally official - and save a thought for the Palm brand which for years was one of the foremost innovators in mobile technology and is now consigned to the mists of time.

Finally it was mentioned at the press conference that the TouchPad was the "first in the webOS TouchPad family," hinting that the Opal may be just around the bend.

Source: HP


February 10, 2011, 1:36 pm

Was reading about this over at Engadget last night - must say I am very interested. Looks a great piece of kit and the phone + tablet combo seems like a very good option.

But, as with most of the new phones and tablets these days it all comes down to pricing.


February 10, 2011, 2:21 pm

Followed the Engadget liveblog yesterday and was quite impressed. Right up to the point they said Summer 2011 availability.

I honestly can't believe HP/Palm have made the same mistake again. The original Pre was a very nice bit of kit but got utterly blown out of the market by a) announcing six months early and thus wasting the initial hype and b) launching after the competition was well established. If they genuinely don't launch until summer the next iPad will be out and available in quantity, there'll be an entire army of Honeycomb devices on the market, heck even the Playbook is likely to be out by then.

Same goes for the Pre 3, Summer 2011 is going to put it right around the next iPhone and there's no way HP can compete against that marketing campaign. It's such a shame because I'd love to see Palm do well, I've got a real soft spot for them and they made a really nice OS with webOS. But they're a very small fish in a very big pond right now, even with HP's backing it's difficult to see how they're going to compete. The only thing I can think of is to go very agressive on price but I just don't see it happening.


February 10, 2011, 6:02 pm

@BOFH - I agree.

The only positive about the timing is the hope that this will give HP an opportunity to build an enthusiastic base of developers.

Unfortunately, the installed base of users and strength of the App Store on iOS makes it by far the most appealing mobile platform for most developers (assuming they can absorb the cost of buying into the exclusively Mac-based dev tools, of course).

WebOS needs more differentiators than this alone - else just risks being perceived by the general public as another iPad-type thingy without as many apps.


February 10, 2011, 6:28 pm

"kick in the teeth for the ex-Palm staff that surely must have been involved"

Perhaps you should have added ..."but abandoned ship/left for better salaries". As far as I know there were no redundancies in technical departments, so they all deserve the kick they got.


February 10, 2011, 6:53 pm

Oh all the tablets launching soon, the TouchPad is definately the one I'd most want to succeed. Think WebOS is just brilliant, they just seem to understand the whole touch/tablet user-experience thing so much better than the other platforms.

I was initially impressed with Android honeycomb but after some consideration, I think it's far too messy/complecated and rough around the edges.. It feels much too close to a 'PC' experience & frankly if I was after a 'PC' experience, I'd opt for a Windows 7 based tablet.. I don't want a PC experience on a tablet, I want a tablet experience on a tablet.


February 10, 2011, 7:24 pm

Sounds as though HP have skimped on a few details - really hoped the TouchPad would include a reasonable collection of Flash card readers, especially SD/SDHC/SDXC.

Outside of planet iTunes - the rest of us have media of our own we want to view on our future tablet of choice!

I can sort of understand Apple's logic - but competitors need differentiators, as they have neither the installed base of users, nor the mighty momentum of the whole iTunes music / movie / app / syncing infrastructure behind them.

Come on HP - it's not too late to fix this.


February 10, 2011, 10:13 pm

@KultiVator - "but competitors need differentiators" - Agreed. An SD/SDHC/SDXC reader would make a lot of sense on something like this.


February 10, 2011, 10:50 pm

Slight concern that HP don't 'get it'. They're an under-dog late to a party where they need to be different and win hearts and minds.

You can't sell this thing on the wonderful multi-tasking O/S alone - people wont pay big bucks for that.

A premium tablet needs to be phenomenal at providing customers with access to their photos, videos, music, documents - with broad file-format & codec support, not to mention and a bevy of superb apps.

All this is a bit naff if you need to be tethered to a PC or Pre the whole time in order to transfer the media onto your tablet in the first place.

Missing functionality like this might be forgivable in a smart-phone for most of us - but a premium product like the Tablet market is going to be less forgiving.

Come on HP - don't let the TouchPad slip out half-baked - WebOS deserves more than this and the cost of card-reading chipsets is literally a few pence.

So bring on the flash memory capabilities HP.

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