As expected, HP today enlarged the HP webOS world with the first webOS slate tablet - the HP TouchPad. Featuring a a 9.7" XGA capacitive multitouch display, virtual keyboard, instant-on access and access to thousands of webOS applications, the HP TouchPad works the way users do and is designed not just for fun but for mobile productivity. It's ideal for anyone who wants the benefits of the amazing webOS platform on a much bigger scale. Designed to be used alone or as a digital companion to a HP webOS phone, the TouchPad connects through the elegant webOS experience. Never miss an important call or SMS message - they can be answered and viewed right on the TouchPad.
The TouchPad user interface is a visual representation of the user's workspace, so the can manage their workflow in a naturally intuitive way that's easy and fun. The power of webOS true multitasking lets users have multiple applications running at the same time. webOS shows the activities in the form of cards, not a sea of application icons on numerous home screens. This helps users do all the things they want to do, all at once. So it's possible to listen to music, update the status on Facebook, read E-Mails and chat on IM at the same time. As a new activity is launched, webOS will automatically group related cards - for example, an E-Mail and an associated web page - together in a card stack.
The TouchPad also features a webOS communication suite powered by HP Synergy that keeps users connected and creative. It's a complete solution, including E-Mail, instant messaging, contacts, calendar, videos and a front-facing camera for video calling. Connected photo albums make it easy to share and view your pictures directly from popular services such as Facebook, Snapfish and Photobucket. It works seamlessly with TouchPad's user interface for a natural and efficient experience.
The TouchPad offers a great internet experience around the house or on the go, so users can manage their busy life, be productive wherever they are and stay connected with work, friends, family and social networks. The TouchPad stays connected anywhere there's WiFi for easy access to the web and entertainment. The TouchPad is also great for road trips, on a plane, while commuting, in public places, while visiting friends and on vacation. It's easy to pack, has a long-lasting battery and integrated GPS (3G only)
The TouchPad's virtual full QWERTY keyboard includes a number row, which reduces keyboard switching, making typing easy and fast. It powers on instantly and brings users back to exactly where they left off, whether they were in the middle of composing an E-Mail, playing a game or browsing a web page. For maximum productivity, HP is working with Quickoffice to include the Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, which lets users view and edit documents, such as Microsoft Word and Excel. It also comes with VPN support to connect to corporate networks.
With its 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam, TouchPad offers video calling capability. It's also compatible with HP's industry-leading printing solutions, so users can wirelessly print documents, photos and E-Mails to compatible wireless and networked HP printers.
TouchPad has built-in HP Touchstone technology for easy charging, so it's compatible out of the box with the HP Touchstone for TouchPad (sold separately), and it's possible to charge in either portrait or landscape mode, even without removing the TouchPad case (sold separately). The webOS Exhibition feature lets users run applications designed specifically for Touchstone; Exhibition launches automatically, showing a users anything from today's agenda to a slideshow of photos.
HP TouchPad is scheduled to be available in the summer. Exact pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
Cheers ~ Arne