We have been following HP's moves very closely as of late. From the $1.2 billion Palm buyout to the beginning rumors about the webOS' new uses, it's been a very interesting couple of months for the company. More recently we covered the two new webOS phones and the coveted beginnings of the TouchPad and even had the rumor mill churning with the TouchPad arrival for the summer.
Well, for an unprecedented third time, we here at the show have been right yet again as we should expect to see the HP TouchPad come to life on July 1st! Wow, it feels good to say we are right about this one, as we have been excited since the idea was just a twinkle in HP's eye, $1.2 billion ago.
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The tablet claims to "work like nothing else" and pre-order starts next week on the 19th. Using the former Palm's (and our) beloved webOS, HP is looking to completely change the tablet experience. Plus, you get Flash, so that's a win in itself.
The TouchPad will come in 16GB and 32GB versions, for $499 and $599, respectively.
Of course, with the TouchPad comes the ability to link up to the HP printers to print wirelessly from anywhere. This week, we even found out some cool stuff about the synchronization with the HP Pre3.
The next generation of Touchstone technology makes HP devices work better together. Easily share a website with your Pre3 simply by touching them together. Receive text messages and answer phone calls on your TouchPad so you don't miss a thing. Start reading a website or blog on your tablet and then touch your smartphone to take it to go. We're building more connected devices so you can have a more connected experience.
It's a little easier than the whole PadFone idea, and much more intuitive than the PlayBook. Add to it the HP Touchstone Charging Dock that stands up your TouchPad, the case and the HP Wireless Keyboard and July 1st should bring a really cool, much needed tablet. I just hope the customers line up outside of stores to grab this thing.