HP has finally announced it’s webOS based TouchPad.
HP officially rolled out webOS Pivot, a venue to highlight apps and showcase developers. HP has also added a discount system to its developer program designed to reward those with the most years working with Palm and active webOS apps.
HP in it’s press event which was held late last night, included three product announcements and it was the TouchPad that stole the show. While it was not a secret that the company has been working on a tablet that it hopes will compete with Apple’s iPad, it’s only now that we’re seeing exactly how the company hopes to do that.
A display of 9.7-inch capacitive multi-touch sits flush with the body of the device, and offers clear images with its 1,024×768 resolution and 18-bit colour. A 1.3 megapixel front-facing webcam offers video calling, a micro-USB port makes it easier to charge and transfer data on the go, although sadly there’s no HDMI video output. With a internal 16GB or 32GB of solid-state storage, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz dual-core CPU – an ARM-based APQ8060, to be exact – offers significantly more power to the user than Apple’s single-core A4 chip.
Connectivity is by 3G high-speed mobile broadband on the higher-end model, while the Wi-Fi only version includes 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP support. Internal sensors can at least equal the offerings of the iPad, with a light sensor, accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope all present and correct.
HP’s TouchPad is powered by webOS 3.0, which brings support for Flash 10.1 in the browser – a significant win over the Flash-free iPad.