HP PalmPad webOS Tablet Due for Roll Out in Early 2011

August 20, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

HP has plans to unveil a webOS tablet within the first three months of 2011. HP was responding to a question about whether or not iPads were hurting their netbook sales. HP confirmed that the tablet would arrive in early 2011 and that the Windows 7 OS Slate for enterprise would arrive in the near future.

Based on the company’s webOS, which it acquired along with the rest of Palm three months ago, the new device from the world’s largest computer maker is expected to be called the PalmPad.  Before it was acquired by HP, Palm was regularly holding product launches at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. The CES, where the world’s top tech CEOs unveil latest gadgets, is usually held early in the year. So a tablet launch timed around then certainly makes sense.

Most details about the tablet have been kept vague, although it may support both finger and stylus touch. The webOS would allow HP to increase the battery stamina on its tablet as well as reduce the cost of production.

If the PalmPad makes it out in time, it might become a real threat for the iPad. But the threat may also come from Blackberry’s BlackPad expected to be released in the coming months. But Apple fans need not worry.  They can expect a new iPad to come sometime in early 2011, since Apple usually refreshes its products once every year.

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