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Palm TouchPad to weigh 1.5 pounds and is 13mm thick

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from press release

HP today enlarged the HP webOS world with the first webOS slate ¬– the HP TouchPad – the breakthrough webOS user interface fully realized in the tablet experience.(1)
With its vibrant 9.7-inch diagonal flush capacitive multitouch display, virtual keyboard, instant-on access, support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 beta in the browser and access to thousands of webOS applications,(2) TouchPad works the way you 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.

HP TouchPad features and specs
— HP webOS
— High-speed connectivity(1)
— Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2-GHz processor
— 9.7-inch diagonal XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with a vibrant, 18-bit color, 1,024 x 768 resolution display
— The option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage(14)
— High-performance browser with full access to the web, including support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta for access to rich, Flash-based web content(1)
— Wireless connectivity:
— Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication(1)
— A-GPS (3G only)(10)
— Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
— Multimedia options, including music, photos, video recording and playback, and a 3.5 mm headset/headphone/microphone jack
— Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio
— Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for live video calling(11)
— Email, including EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers) and personal email support (Google Gmail push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP)(6)
— Robust messaging support(4)
— Light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer) and gyroscope
— Rechargeable 6,300 mAh (typical) battery
— Micro-USB (Charging and PC Connect) with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
— Built-in HP Touchstone technology for easy charging (HP Touchstone for TouchPad sold separately) and HP touch-to-share to share web addresses between TouchPad and compatible webOS phones(5)
— Dimensions: 190 mm x 242 mm x 13.7 mm (7.48 inches x 9.53 inches x .54 inches)
— Weight: approximately 740 g (1.6 pounds)
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Looks every bit as good as an iPad but Pricing and apps will be critical. If its not cheaper then why bother and if I can't download a bunch of good apps, then why bother.

With HP behind this (the world's largest computer seller), I think this could really hurt the Android tablets.
I think the value proposition is for people who would prefer webOS over iOS.
Well there's six sales. Look at sales of Pre. They are microscopic.

I suspect the Anything but Apple crowd will go for an Android tablet, not webOS, since they probably already own an Android smartphone.
We will leave the last word on predicted sales with TorontoColin so lets leave the how many units will HP sell and focus on the product since that is really the subject of the thread.

Anybody care to comment on what HP appears to be delivering and its functionality?
One concern I have is the HP Movie store.

I don't want another movie store. I want to be able to buy a movie from any digital store and have it play on any device therefore the Touchpad has to be able to play the "Digital Copy" movies and the TV shows I bought at the iTunes store as I am not going to rebuy content.

For me I really want my content to work on my iPad, the Touchpad and possibly an Android pad.
One very annoying thing for me about the Touchpad is the "Planned availability this summer"

Why announce something like this 4 to 6 months before its available unless its just another case of FUD. IMO, HP is just hoping that it can get people who are waiting for the iPad 2 to wait for the Touchpad.
Not announcing pricing suggests to me that if they had a killer price in mind then they would have announced it.

Since HP products are never cheap, my guess is they will price the 16GB and 32GB versions at the exact same price as the respective Apple iPads.
Apparently the Touchpad is with the FCC for vetting. Not sure what that is all about but apparently suggests the release is near.

All I can say is HP better hurry up.
Random Thoughts:

It seems to me that July 15th is a pretty dumb time to release this product. Why not wait until August 15th during back to school or when consumers aren't on holidays?

The $20 CDN premium is really annoying. There is no justification for having Canadians pay so much more.

Now that we have $399 tablets transformer devices, the $520 price tag looks really high. Once again, I think new tablets need to be cheaper than the iPad to have any chance of success.

Now that there is the iPad, the Playbook and nine million Android devices on the market, you really have to wonder if this will go the way of the Slate.
On timing, I think if HP had this device out in January or February, I think they could have made a dent. Now it just seems like, "oh another tablet, ho hum!"
DWL, people are buying the iPad because of the apps. For the vast majority of apps, I never touch the virtual keypad. Entertainment and information apps including Book reading apps, video apps, gaming apps, news apps, pdf readers and so on don't use a keyboard. I agree the browser leaves much to be desired but with so many sites having mobile apps, I seldom open the browser.

If HP is trying to position its tablet as a laptop replacement then I agree the keyboard aspect is important, however, if a keyboard is really important to a user then I would argue the Asus Transformer is the way to go.

From a business perspective, I think HP is competing with the Blackberry Playbook, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Tab, and Asus Transformer.
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