HP's flagship Touchpad coming July 1

Posted by Mark Raby

The very first tablet powered by what will be a brand new version of webOS is just a few weeks away.

 

HP, which acquired webOS when it bought out the software's developer Palm, has been slower than a lot of people expected when it comes to making use of that acquisition.

The very first tablet powered by what will be a brand new version of webOS is just a few weeks away.

HP, which acquired webOS when it bought out the software's developer Palm, has been slower than a lot of people expected when it comes to making use of that acquisition. It was seen as the perfect opportunity for HP to enter the smartphone market, with which it has very little experience.

But instead, the company has decided to go with a tablet first, smartphones later. For a company that is used to making computers, that makes sense.

But even in the tablet world, just as with smartphones, HP's going to have a very uphill battle. The emerging market is still dominated by the iPad, and when it comes to competitors chipping away at Apple's lead, Android already has plenty.

But webOS is kind of a wild card since no one has any experience with new new HP-optimized version of the mobile platform.

"What makes HP TouchPad a compelling alternative to competing products is webOS. The platform's unmatched features and flexibility will continue to differentiate HP products from the rest of the market for both personal and professional use. This is only the beginning of what HP's scale can do with webOS," HP said in a statement.

The Touchpad will be priced competitively against the iPad, with a 16 GB model available for just $499, followed by a 32 GB model at $599.