HP touts webOS TouchPad

  • Hewlett Packard (HP) is attempting to take on Google's slick Android Honeycomb OS and Apple’s wildly popular iPad with a webOS-powered slate dubbed the TouchPad.

    The tablet features a 9.7-inch diagonal flush capacitive multitouch display, virtual keyboard, instant-on access and support for Adobe Flash 10.1. As expected, the device also offers access to thousands of existing and new webOS applications.

    "Designed to be used alone or as a digital companion to your webOS phone, TouchPad connects you and your devices through [a complete] webOS experience," explained senior Hewlett Packard VP Jon Rubinstein.

    "Never miss an important call or SMS message - they can be answered and viewed right on your TouchPad. Plus, you [can] simply touch an enabled webOS phone to your TouchPad to share web URLs.

    "[And], to automatically populate your TouchPad [via Synergy], you simply have to sign in to your Facebook, Google, Microsoft Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo accounts."

    Additional specs include:

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2-GHz processor
    • 9.7-inch diagonal XGA capacitive, 18-bit color, 1,024 x 768 resolution display
    • 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam
    • Integrated GPS (3G only)
    • 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage
    • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo support
    • Light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer) and gyroscope
    • Rechargeable 6,300 mAh (typical) battery
    • Micro-USB (charging and PC connect) with USB 2.0
    • Dimensions: 190 mm x 242 mm x 13.7 mm (7.48 inches x 9.53 inches x .54 inches)
    • Weight: approximately 740 g (1.6 pounds)