The first fruit of HP's 2010 landmark merger with (or more like take-over of) Palm has finally been unveiled.
Obviously made to go head to head with Apple's next generation iPad, HP TouchPad runs WebOS 3.0 platform with its 1.2 GHz Snapdragon CPU. The slate flaunts a 9.7-inch widescreen display with 1024 x 768 screen resolution - to be exact, a front-facing 1.3 megapixel webcam, sensors including gyroscope, accelerometer and compass, 16GB and 32GB internal storage options and video call support. As for connectivity, HP TouchPad supports Wifi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and A-GPS for the 3G model.
Other key features include instant-on access, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta support in browser, virtual keyboard, and access to thousands of applications.
Much as it offers a lot of amazing features, HP TouchPad's WebOS - in itself - is the very highlight of the product.
Quoting Jon Rubinstein, General Manager of Palm Global Business Unit at HP;
"Today we're embarking on a new era of webOS with the goal of linking a wide family of HP products through the best mobile experience available. The flexibility of the webOS platform makes it ideal for creating a range of innovative devices that work together to keep you better connected to your world."
Exact release date and pricing details of this tablet have yet to be disclosed by HP.
In the meantime, here are the technical specifications of HP TouchPad;
|Price Category||High-End (Flagship Release)|
|Dimensions||7.48 inches x 9.53 inches x .54 inches|
|Available Colors||Black, TBA|
|Operating System||HP WebOS 3.0|
|Display||9.7-inch diagonal XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with a vibrant, 18-bit color, 1,024 x 768 resolution display|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2-GHz processor|
|Camera||Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for live video calling, no camera at the back|
|Audio and Video Playback||Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio, TBA|
|Ports||Micro-USB (Charging and PC Connect) with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, 3.5 mm headset/headphone/microphone jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication, A-GPS (3G only)(10), Bluetooth wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support|
|Memory||option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage|
|Sensors||Light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer) and gyroscope|
|Battery||Rechargeable 6,300 mAh|
|Value-Added Features||High-performance browser with full access to the web, including support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta for access to rich, Flash-based web content, Email, including EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers) and personal email support (Google Gmail push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP)|