HP Touchpad surfaces at Computex

The long-awaited tablet from HP still hasn't hit the market, but a sneaky SanDisk rep doesn't mind showing it off at Computex Taipei.

A revised Contacts area shown off in the latest version of WebOS 3.0. Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

Seeking the HP Touchpad ? You've been patient.

Since the February reveal, there's still no official release date or pricing information , only HP's promise of being " No. 1 plus " in the market when the device arrives. One must wonder how much longer the love child of HP and Palm needs to incubate.

Gadgets Magazine was able to spend some quality time today with the elusive HP Touchpad, thanks to a SanDisk representative showing off the device at Computex Taipei in Taiwan.

The Philippines-based publication captured the moment in a near five-minute video, allowing the rep to coast through multitasking, e-mail, picture viewing, Web browsing, contacts, and HD movie playback on the tablet. Even a People magazine app is shown off, in portrait and landscape view.

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If one is to believe what one sees, the overall experience seems fairly smooth and allows WebOS 3.0 to shine. But it didn't take long for comments to arise on the YouTube video about the touch input being "unresponsive" (according to user NuthingToSee). There are times in the video that seem to support this claim, but in other moments the device performs beautifully. Within, the Touchpad has a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.2GHz processor and sports a 9.7-inch touch screen. It will be available with 16GB or 32GB storage.

The sleuths at PreCentral also believe this is a peek at an evolved version of WebOS 3.0, as indicated by the "darker interface" and revised Contacts theme.

(Via CrunchGear)

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