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HP announces a new iPad competitor of its own

February 15th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

HP has a new tablet competitor to Apple’s iPad

HP have recently revealed that it has a new tablet up its sleeve it calls the ‘TouchPad’ to compete with the current market leader, the Apple iPad. Unfortunately, the tablets seems to be quite far off from actual market availability, as HP only gave vague release date estimates of “Summer” for the WiFi only version, and only mentioned that 3G and 4G versions would also be coming in the future, with no specific time frame. We do know that the device currently looks much like the iPad and also is about the same size and weight, at about 1.5lbs and with a 9.7 inch screen, which is identical in size to the iPad. It will come in 16gb and 32gb versions and pack a fast dual core processor, as well as a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video chatting.

Honestly, to me it is still vaporware. When Samsung and Motorola’s tablet releases are imminent, HP isn’t going to raise any eyebrows or pique anybodies interest with a tablet that looks and feels exactly like the current iPad and doesn’t boast any innovative new features or solid release dates. Nonetheless, competition can only be a good thing, and I hope HP surprises us all with an amazing product.

The new Pre3:

The HP Pre3 smartphone

…and the new Veer:

The HP Veer smartphone

It should be noted that HP also announced 2 new smartphones at the same time as its plans for this new tablet; the Pre3 and the Veer. The Pre 3 appears to be their new high end smartphone with a 1.4ghz Snapdragon processor and a 3.58inch screen as well as up to 16gb of internal storage, while the Veer seems to be a lower cost alternative judging by its 800mhz processor and 2.57 inch screen with 8gb of maximum internal storage. The designs are very similar to their previous Pre series smartphones with the slide down keyboard.