HP Unveils WebOS-Based TouchPad Tablet To Taken On Apple’s iPad

HP TouchPad

HP has just unveiled web-OS based HP TouchPad to take on Apple’s iPad. HP claims it is “Super Natural” as it “works the way you do, so you get more done”.

TouchPad Wi-Fi models will be available this summer while the TouchPad 3G and 4G models will follow shortly.

Take a look at the tech specs of TouchPad:

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 calling

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 connectivity
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 TouchPad

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)

TouchPad also gets innovative features such as wireless charging, which was first seen in Palm Pre, the ability to share data between webOS devices, to make video calls with a front-facing camera and the multitasking feature with its unique “card” interface.

HP has also released a video to give a glimpse of their upcoming device:

HP has not disclosed the price yet.

So will it be an iPad killer? Based on the tech specs, it looks very impressive. If they price it right, they might give Apple’s iPad a run for its money but they should have launched it now rather than in summer as it will have to compete with the second generation iPad.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts on the BlackBerry tablet in the comments section below.

[via HP]