At HP’s webOS event Wednesday, the company officially unveiled the next generation of webOS devices, including the new tablet, the TouchPad. The TouchPad is HP’s big move into the white-hot tablet space. Looking at the specs and the form factor, it’s clear the TouchPad has taken a lot of cues from Apple’s iPad, while still giving the device a flair of Palm panache.
Physically, the TouchPad aligns with the leaks Engadget obtained last month. Cross pollinate an iPad and a Palm Pre and you get the TouchPad.
Check out this video from HP’s site:
The TouchPad’s physical dimensions should be very familiar to iPad owners:
- 1.6 lbs
- 13.7 mm thin
- 9.7-inch 1024×768 display
- 1.3-megapixel webcam for video calling
- Stereo speakers
When we go under the hood, what we see looks similar to the Motorola Xoom and the rumored specs of the iPad 2.
The TouchPad includes:
Dual-core 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon processor
- 16 or 32GB of storage
- 802.11 b/g/n for Wireless
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 1 GB of RAM
3G and 4G versions of the device will hit the market after the Wi-Fi model arrives and feature on-board GPS.
On the accessory front, HP will be releasing an innovative Touchstone dock that acts as both a cables-free charging station and a stand.
For the expected release date, HP says “summer” and is staying mum on the price for now. WebOS looks great on a larger device and we look forward to seeing what apps head its way.