Palm announces HP TouchPad

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Also announced at HP/Palm’s webOS event was an exciting new tablet tablet. Called the TouchPad, Palm has included their webOS, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, 16GB or 32GB of inbuilt storage, 1GB RAM (2X the Pre 2), a Gyroscope, accelerometer and compass and finally a Dual Core 1.2GHz processor.

The UI is the same as the regular webOS UI, with cards, but is scaled to the big screen extremely well. Unique to the TouchPad are growl-like notifications, two-pane applications and an on-screen keyboard.

HP took a dig at Apple, saying the TouchPad has the “full web” with Adobe Flash. It can play games, has books and newspapers (Kindle app for now), the ability of Magazine Subscriptions (probably more details on that soon), Music Sync support (don’t know what that means) and Beats Audio sound quality.

The device also has a keyboard accessory (probably sold seperately), which might I say looks a lot better than the iPad’s dock. Also available is a stand.

And for “Work” the TouchPad supports QuickOffice, Google Docs, Dropbox, Box.net.¬†Also supported is VPN, video calling and wireless printing.

Also, during the conference, HP showed that the Pre 3 and TouchPad can talk to eachother (hopefully not literally, or I’d get rather selfconfident).

If your Pre 3 gets a text message or phone call you can view or take it on your TouchPad.

Another usage for this connectivity displayed at the conference was the ability to “tap” the two devices together and in the demo, this brought a website being displayed on the TouchPad to the Pre 3, in seconds.

Jon Rubinstein said that,¬†“A WiFi version of HP’s TouchPad will be available in the summer, followed by 3G and 4G versions.” No word on what that means for Australians and whether or not any of these gadgets are going to be released internationally.

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