We reported earlier today about the imminent arrival of the iPad 2. Apple’s tablet will have another formidable competitor by the time it hits the shelves. HP has unveiled the TouchPad, the first tablet computer that runs on WebOS 3.0 (the iPad runs on iOS and there are many different tablets on the market that run on the Android operating system).
Before we get into the details, let’s take a look at some amateur video from the unveiling:
The TouchPad has techies buzzing this afternoon. Unlike other iPad competitors, the TouchPad isn’t any smaller or lighter than the original iPad. In fact, it’s the exact same size: 9.7 inches. It weighs in at a healthy 1.6 pounds, so this is not the tablet you want if you find the iPad too heavy.
Where the TouchPad differentiates itself is its features. It offers WiFi, of course, but it also offers wireless charging. That’s right, you just place the device onto a charging pad and it sucks up the electricity without the use of any wires. Very convenient. It also charges via micro-USB for tranditionalists who can’t bear to give up their wires.
The TouchPad has a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat (a feature that’s expected in the iPad 2 but missing from the original iPad). It also offers a unique audio engine and a neat feature called Tap-to-Share that allows users to transfer a website, file or even a text message from a phone to the TouchPad (or the other way around) by just tapping the two devices together (gently, we hope).
The TouchPad runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2-GHz processor. From what we’ve seen, the Snapdragon looks very snappy.
Other specs that matter: the TouchPad comes in 16GB and 32GB models, the screen resolution is 1024×768 and it has Bluetooh capability, an accelerometer, a magnetometer (compass) and a gyroscope.
The TouchPad is expected to go on sale in the summer, so check your favorite coupon websites frequently for HP coupon codes to get a good price.