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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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Like Hugh I think apps are the key. What's the point in spending all that money on a tablet if it's mostly just for web browsing?

Personally I won't buy a tablet until the can integrate with my phone like the Blackberry Playbook. I want to be able to receive my calls and texts on my tablet when I'm using it so that I can leave my phone in my pocket. As I use an Android phone, I suspect I'll be waiting for an Android tablet with that capability.

Still, webOS is a very slick interface, and from what I've heard they work very well with developers. With HP's backing, as long as they keep that up then I think they have a shot.
I think the problem the first Pre faced was that Palm couldn't market it well enough.

Apple was able to leverage their iPod market share in order to build up iPhone hype. People already used Apple products like iPods, iTunes, and Macs. Thanks to the popularity of iPods, people were paying attention to Apple.

Google did similar work with their various services in order to build interest in Android. Microsoft is trying to do the same thing using Office and Xbox Live (and a massive ad budget) to build interest in Windows Phone 7. Palm no longer had much market share and didn't have other businesses to leverage. Now that HP is behind it, perhaps they can build up some hype and market webOS properly to actually draw some interest.
I think the touch to share functionality is really neat, though I'd like to see how easy it is and how well it works in a real world setting.

I'd like to know what exactly differentiates webOS 3.0 from 2.X. According to BGR though it looks mighty impressive:
Software is where this puppy shines, however. The Palm team’s Web-based mobile operating system may have been born on smartphones, but it’s all grown up on the TouchPad tablet.
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