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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 )



Operating system

HP webOS


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


Virtual keyboard


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


Integrated IM and SMS


A-GPS (3G models only)

Digital camera

Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for live video calling4


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


Choose either 16GB or 32GB internal storage


Rechargeable 6300 mAh (typical) battery


Charger/microUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Headphone jack

3.5mm stereo headset/headphone/microphone jack


Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio

HP Touchstone for TouchPad7



Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2GHz


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


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.