updated 03:15 pm EDT, Tue August 10, 2010
HP puts PalmPad tablet in queue for next year
HP has narrowed down the timeframe for its PalmPad tablet, multiple tips claimed today. Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley reportedly held an all-staff meeting on Monday that put the webOS slate in the first quarter of 2011, or no later than March. The "trusted" contacts for Engadget also corroborated reports that its internal codename is Hurricane, though it's likely to change to PalmPad or another name by launch.
The timing would be well after the once mentioned summer target but could also see the tablet unveiled at the annual CES trade show, which Palm used for introductions the past two years until it was acquired by HP.
Most details of the tablet aren't known at this stage, but the device may follow in the steps of some of HP's niche Windows tablet PCs and support both multi-touch as well as stylus input. A faster processor, more RAM and other upgradea are probable as the tablet may be one of the first devices since the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus appeared in January.
HP is known to be rapidly shifting its tablet designs in the wake of the iPad and may have three devices by 2011. The Windows 7-running Slate 500 has been relegated to the enterpise due to its anticipated unpopularity, but the PalmPad may be accompanied by the Zeen with Android as either an alternative or budget model. Mobile operating systems like Android and webOS have garnered more favor at HP as they can produce longer battery life than Windows while still using fewer resources and lowering the price.