HP Releases The TouchPad

HP TouchPad

Well, it looks like it’s finally official. Those of you waiting for Palm’s new WebOS device, will wait no longer. CruchGear.com reports that HP has released the Touchpad.

The product has a 9.7-inch screen, front 1.3-megapixel camera, and comes in 16 or 32GB models. It runs a 1.2GHz Snapdragon Processor and the screen resolution is 1024×768.

The TouchPad has been described as being designed by the “hundreds of talented programmers” on the WebOS team, and it is HP’s second slate of the new decade, the first being the HP Slate 500.

The new product is Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein’s baby. Just a few months ago, all of the hard work the Palm team put into the TouchPad seemed for naught, WebOS suffering from a massive downturn when the company was sold a mere nine months ago. But things are looking up now, the TouchPad points to a new direction for Palm and the WebOS’ unique “card” interface seems perfectly suited for a slate form factor.

The device supports multi-tasking and Flash. It comes with Quickoffice and supports Google Docs, Dropbox, and Box.net for cloud file storage as well as HP Wireless Printer support. It also uses Skype for video calls.

A brief spec list:

Dual core, 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon processor

802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Gyro/Accelerometer, Compass

9.7, 1024×768 display, 1.3 megapixel webcam, supports video calling

1.6 pounds, 13.7 mm thick

The TouchPad is almost exactly the same size as the current iPad and runs all of the standard WebOS PIM applications including Palm’s excellent mail app. The device also supports Flash.

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