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Hewlett Packard-Palm (now HP) was rumoured to have been developing a tablet device for sometime now. The device in question was called codenamed Topaz.

HP finally revealed the device, which is officially called the TouchPad.

I have been a fan of the WebOS operating system developed by Palm as it is a very advanced mobile OS. However, Palm failed to distribute the Palm devices to a wider market and as result, WebOS did not get the marketshare and mindshare it truly deserved. HP, with its capacity for large scale distribution has a golden opportunity to propel the new devices to a wider market.

WebOS on a tablet has always been an enticing prospect and HP has done exactly that with the TouchPad. The device is black and takes plenty of design cues from the Apple iPad.

The specifications are as follows ( Source: Palm US )

Color

Black

Operating system

HP webOS

Display

9.7-inch XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color, 1024×768 resolution display

Keyboard

Virtual keyboard

Email1

Microsoft® Exchange email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology
POP3/IMAP (Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail, AOL, Hotmail®, etc.)

Messaging2

Integrated IM and SMS

GPS3

A-GPS (3G models only)

Digital camera

Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for live video calling4

Sensors

Light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer), and gyroscope

Media formats supported

Audio formats: DRM-free MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
Video formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264

Wireless connectivity5

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication;
Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support

Memory6

Choose either 16GB or 32GB internal storage

Battery

Rechargeable 6300 mAh (typical) battery

Connector

Charger/microUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Headphone jack

3.5mm stereo headset/headphone/microphone jack

Speakers

Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio

HP Touchstone for TouchPad7

Compatible

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2GHz

Dimensions

Width: 240mm (9.45 inches)
Height: 190mm (7.48 inches)
Thickness: 13.7mm (0.54 inches)

Weight

Approximately 740 grams (1.6 pounds)

The device is very formidable and has capabilities that rival and would probably best the upcoming iPad2.

HP needs to attract developer attention and it should be aggressive in marketing the device beyond the shores of the US of A.

Click on this link for a video demo of the Touchpad courtesy of Engadget.

Also check this link for direct comparisons to the current Apple iPad, once again courtesy of Engadget.

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