HP announced the big brother’ of the Veer and the Pre 3 the TouchPad. As we reported earlier, the TouchPad is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.2GHz. The tablet will sport a 9.7-inch XGA (1024×768) display and will be 13.7mm thick. The tablet will pack 1GB of RAM and will be available in capacities of 16GB or 32GB.
The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The tablet will also feature Beats audio technology which will be complemented by the stereo speakers. Sadly, the TouchPad will only have a single front-facing 1.3MP camera for video calling.
The TouchPad will run on webOS v3.0 and will feature tight integration with other webOS devices like the Pre 3 or the Veer. Users can read their messages received on their webOS powered handsets right on their TouchPad! The tablet will also be able to multi-task easily. At the event, the tablet was shown running a full screen streaming Flash 10.1 video without breaking into a sweat.
Many of the inbuilt apps of WebOS have also been redesigned to take the advantage of a bigger screen on the TouchPad. These applications include the Mail app and the Photos app. Users can comment on photos on Facebook right from within the Photos app.
Users can also share data between the TouchPad and any of the latest webOS running handsets by just touching them. Users can even answer calls coming on their Pre 3/Veer right from their TouchPad including video calls!
The size of the virtual keyboard can also be increased or decreased depending on the users preference. Accessories available for the TouchPad at the time of launch will include a case-cum-stand, keyboard and a new Touchstone dock.
The Wi-Fi version of the HP TouchPad will hit the shelves by summer this year, with the 3G and the 4G versions following. Sadly, HP did not mention anything about the price of the TouchPad.