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HP webOS tablet moved to early 2011

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too little, too late

    Save the environment: shut it down and give it up.

  1. Hamranhansenhansen

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Has to compete with iPad v2

    If they introduce PalmPad at CES 2011, then a couple of weeks after that will be the anniversary of the iPad introduction, when we will likely see iPad 2. So this device is not going to compete with the current iPad at all. This is similar to Palm Pre, which shipped up against iPhone 3GS, both at $299, and then very shortly after, Apple shipped iPhone 3GS for $199 and iPhone 3G dropped to $99 and the Palm Pre was toast.

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