HP TouchPad to launch in April, report claims

By on February 22, 2011 at 1:32 PM.

HP TouchPad to launch in April, report claims

Hewlett-Packard’s first webOS-powered tablet will launch this April, a new report claims. Industry watcher DigiTimes cites sources from within HP’s component suppliers in stating that manufacturers will begin shipping the TouchPad by the end of March. The TouchPad, which will launch with webOS 3.0, will then be ready for release some time in April. The report goes on to estimate that HP intends to sell between 4 and 5 million TouchPad units and between 45 and 48 million notebook computers and tablet PCs combined in 2011. HP has not provided any specific information in terms of a launch date or pricing for the TouchPad, which we got up close and personal with earlier this month. More →

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New HP trademarks could lead to horrible webOS tablet names

By on January 25, 2011 at 6:48 PM.

New HP trademarks could lead to horrible webOS tablet names

Several newly uncovered trademark filings could indicate possible names for HP’s upcoming webOS tablets. The trademark filings, which were revealed today, include “HP Duopad,” “HP Touchcanvas” and “HP Touchslate.” Earlier trademarks suggest that one of HP’s tablets could also be named “HP Touchpad.” HP is holding a press event early next month where it is expected to unveil multiple new tablet devices. An upcoming tablet codenamed Topaz is expected to be among HP’s announcements at the event, and if the company decides to use any of these newly-trademarked monikers, the worst thing about this sleek new webOS tablet could very well be its name. More →

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HP exec alludes to webOS tablet unveiling at February 9th event [video]

By on January 13, 2011 at 8:32 AM.

HP exec alludes to webOS tablet unveiling at February 9th event [video]

Early next month, HP will host a press event that will focus on the webOS mobile operating system it now manages thanks to the Palm acquisition. While the event could cover anything from strategy to devices, some product-related goodies are likely a safe bet. After all, HP is due to release a host of devices this year, so it better start announcing them soon. Thanks to some loose lips, it now looks like a webOS tablet announcement is all but confirmed. Todd Bradley, EVP of HP’s Personal Devices Group, basically told CNBC in an interview that HP’s first iPad competitor will be revealed at the event next month. When asked questions regarding how future HP tablets might differentiate themselves from the iPad, Bradley responded, “you and I will talk about that on the 9th.” We read you loud and clear, Todd. Hit the break for a video of the interview with CNBC. More →

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