Desktops and Notebooks: HP TouchPad Marks webOS Tablet Debut
The 9.7-inch TouchPad will make its store-shelf debut July 1. HP plans to offer the 16GB version of the tablet for $499.99, and the 32GB for $599.99.
The TouchPad relies on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It runs the webOS operating system, which HP acquired when it bought Palm in 2010.
HP has been pushing its tablet as an all-in-one device, equally capable of running apps and games as displaying e-books and periodicals.
HP Touchstone Charging Dock
In a bit of legacy technology from Palm, the TouchPad can be charged cable-free via the HP Touchstone Charging Dock.
HP plans on releasing what it calls a connected version of the TouchPad, which presumably means 3G capability, at an undefined date later this summer.
The TouchPads screen offers 1024 x 768 resolution. It also comes with a 1.3-megapixel Webcam embedded in the front for video conferencing.
A glimpse at the TouchPads virtual keyboard.
The TouchPad can cruise the Web with Adobe Flash and HTML5 support.
HP decided to give the TouchPad a sleek, black backing.
Thickness and Weight
The TouchPad weighs 1.6 pounds and measures 13.7mm thick, making it slightly heavier than the iPad 2 at just over 1.3 pounds and Samsungs Galaxy Tab 10.1 at 1.24 pounds. (It weighs around the same as the Motorola Xoom.)
Here is the TouchPad in its charging dock.??Ã
The TouchPad can wirelessly interface with a physical keyboard.