HP and Palm recently announced the official details about their webOS tablet. It was a longtime coming, and it was nice to finally have some facts to clear up what had built up in the rumor mill. There was quite a bit to sort out after the presentation, which ran for about two-hours, and had a bit too much fluff around the end.
Still, the tablet looks very cool, and we are interested in what we can get out of webOS. Without further ado, let's get to the six things we know about the new tablet:
1) Dual Core 1.2GHz Processor
Thanks to the dual core processor, this tablet is going to be blazing fast. As with all tablets other than the iPad the makers are talking about its ability to run Adobe Flash for a full web experience. A lack of Flash support has been one of those things that has hurt some users' perception of the iPad, and other tablet makers have ceased the opportinity.
2) Comes in 16GB or 32GB models
There will be models in both 16GB and 32GB. It's all flash-based storage, as with all similar devices. In addition to storage capacity, users will eventually have the choice between wifi, 3G or 4G models. No exact date of availability has been mentioned.
3) Front-facing 1.3MP camera
Video conferencing, of course. The TouchPad will have front-facing camera designed for video conferencing much like users do on the current-gen iPhone and iPod Touch. Front-facing cameras on mobile devices are now becoming the standard as users want features similar to FaceTime on their tablets. The iPad 2 is also expected to have built-in cameras for this purpose.
4) Full-integration with other webOS devices, webOS coming to Personal Computers
This is a very cool idea, and one that we think even Apple has been working toward accomplishing. With webOS coming to computers and printers this full-ingegration will run deep through various devices. We saw an example of some of this running between the Pre 3 and the TouchPad. The devices can share information, for instance, you receive a text on your Palm phone, you can check it while on your TouchPad. If you are browsing the internet on your TouchPad, you can jump back to your Pre 3 by simply tapping the devices and have the website appear on your phone.
5) Beats Audio
Beats Audio is really just a marketing term that HP uses for their computers that feature audio components by Beats Audio Limted. We don't use the words "marketing term" in a negative way, we've heard it sounds pretty good though we haven't heard it ourselves.
6) HP Still Hasn't Announced a Price or Release Date
This was one of the biggest dissapointments of the two-hour presentation. We heard no price. That's right, all those features, all that hype, and no price announcement. We didn't hear a release date, either. "This summer" was announced for the wifi-only model, but that can be anytime in June, July or August. As for the 3G and 4G models? All we got was word that they are coming later. That wasn't "fall" or "holiday season," we just know they are coming sometime after the summer.
The Tablet War Wages On
At this point, everyone has a tablet on the market, or is ready to introduce one within the year. Now, whether you are fan of iOS, Android or webOS there is something out there for you. Do any of these tablets appeal to you?