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HP Touchpad going going

by Mick 0 Comments

Following the recent news from HP of its decision to  discontinue  operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones

Read all the press releases at

https://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2011/index.html

There was a fire sale of the HP Touchpad in the US over the weekend where the 16GB model could be obtained for $99.00

A similar sale has started in the UK where the same 16GB model has been quoted at £89.00, although it may prove difficult to actually find any

I was on-line monitoring for the price drop and within 5 minutes I tried to get one from  PC World, Dixons etc but were all showing no availability at local stores. Decided to pop along to the store anyway but same story, none available and none due in stock.

At least I have a picture of one

C'est la vie, I guess

TouchPad Tablet

by Mick 0 Comments

The TouchPad Tablet is one of 3 webOS based products announced by HP earlier this week and is aimed directly at the market currently dominated by the Apple iPad.

It has a 9.7-inch diagonal capacitive multi-touch display with a resolution of 1024×768 supporting 18-bit color, and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

Specifications

  • Operating System HP webOS
  • High-speed connectivity
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2-GHz processor
  • 9.7-inch diagonal XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with a vibrant, 18-bit color, 1,024 x 768 resolution display
  • The option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage
  • High-performance browser with full access to the web, including support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta for access to rich, Flash-based web content
  • Wireless connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication
    • A-GPS (3G only)
    • Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
  • Multimedia options, including music, photos, video recording and playback
    • 3.5 mm headset/headphone/microphone jack
    • Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio
    • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for live video calling
  • Email, including EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers) and personal email support (Google Gmail push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP)
  • Robust messaging support
  • Light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer) and gyroscope
  • Rechargeable 6,300 mAh (typical) battery
  • Micro-USB (Charging and PC Connect) with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Built-in HP Touchstone technology for easy charging (HP Touchstone for TouchPad sold separately) and HP touch-to-share to share web addresses between TouchPad and compatible webOS phones
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 242 mm x 13.7 mm (7.48 inches x 9.53 inches x .54 inches)
  • Weight: approximately 740 g (1.6 pounds)

More information can be found at

https://www.palm.com/us/products/pads/touchpad/

HP acquired Palm ( a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system) back in April 2010 so perhaps its only natural to see the TouchPad driven by webOS.

Using the full potential of true multi-tasking webOS allows the user to operate in a natural intuitive way. The TouchPad virtual keyboard incorporates a number row to reduce the need to switch between different layouts. HP is working with Quickoffice to include the Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite to allow users to view and edit documents from Microsoft Word and Excel. There is also support for Adobe's Flash technology.

Scheduled to be available 'in the summer' pricing information for the TouchPad will be 'announced later'

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwI8QYa3fbg)

Other Links

The HP Press Release is at

https://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2011/110209xc.html

You can read a CNET News blog recorded/written during the press conference at

https://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20031050-265.html

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