HP's TouchPad is worth a look just
because it features HP/Palm's beautifully simple webOS in its third
iteration, but up until now the wait for it just seemed too long –
the tablet was announced at HP's Think Beyond event with a launch date of "this Summer." The
TouchPad however will start selling in April, way ahead of the summer
months, while late March is when the tablet will start shipping out, a Digitimes report
claimed based on "sources from HP's upstream component partners." While you should take this with a grain of salt, it does coincide with recent statements from HP's own Leo Apotheker about the need for more urgency when it comes to bringing innovation to the market.
Now that must be the effect of global
warming on the early arrival of summer, but we won't mind seeing the
dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon-powered tablet hit shelves in
April! The HP TouchPad will not only feature the new tablet version of webOS, but will also be able to easily synchronize with phones
like the HP Pre 3 and the HP Veer. The tablet will initially come in
a plain Bluetooth and Wi-Fi version, but later versions will add
mobile data connectivity including 4G.
The TouchPad roll-out is crucial for HP's presence on the tablet market. The company expects to ship around 4-5 million tablets in 2011, a milestone that will make webOS known in the tablet market. Will it succeed? With an early launch chances are much higher.