HP roadmap shows white glossy TouchPad coming next month; Pre 3 coming this fall to U.S.
Also in August, the AT&T cellular version of the HP TouchPad is due. The device will be known as the HP TouchPad 4G thanks to the support for the carrier's HSPA+ network. The tablet will offer 32GB of storage and outside of supporting a cellular signal, it will be the same device as the current 32GB Wi-Fi model.
It looks like the U.S. launch of the HP Pre3 is now happening this fall. It was hoped that a summer launch of the handset could be achieved, and it just might be, but in Europe, not the U.S. Still, for HP's sake, just as long as the phone makes it out in the States in time for Back-to-School sales and the 2011 holiday shopping season, it will be considered a success as far as timing is concerned. Also planned for a fall release is the HP Opal, which is the Palo Alto based firm's 7 inch tablet. Details are sketchy, but the name of the device could be the HP TouchPad7.
HP has a retailer embargo on ads for the recently released TouchPad which means until July 17th, the only ads you will see for the tablet will be from HP. The manufacturer also says that supplies of the 16GB model of the webOS tablet are running low and they are telling retailers to try to push customers toward the higher priced 32GB model which has more inventory available. TouchPad accessories are also considered to be in short supply. Is this a sign of heavy demand for a webOS tablet, or did HP err to the conservative side when making production plans?
1. snowgator (Posts: 3350; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
So they could have three tablets out prior to the Pre 3. Guess if there was any doubt to where the priorties of a company that has been an industry leader in PC, laptop, and notebook sales are, that should settle it. Looking excitedly to the future when companies that take their cell phones as a priorty start producing WeBOS devices. (Cheering for you, HTC, but Samsung or even LG would be fine.)
August is an okay time frame for those of us still wanting to give the Pre 3 a shot, but with Mango on W7 on the way and all the high end Droids already showing up, earlier would have been better to get some press prior to the Bionics, Galaxy 2s, Photons and Nokia's hitting the ground running. Not to mention there is this new company called Apple that is supposed to have a little somethin-somethin come out that makes phone calls too in that time frame.....
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Yeah, I am starting to think that HP really doesn't have their heart in the Pre. Maybe they should just bag the phone production and license WebOS to one or more phone manufacturers.