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HP TouchPad to get faster chip, more storage, dressed in white

The HP TouchPad isn't even on sale yet, but there's already a new model on the horizon. An HP internal memo reveals it will be white and offer more storage, as well as a faster chip.

The HP TouchPad isn't even on sale yet, but there's already a new model on the horizon. An HP internal memo reveals a white model with extra storage and a speedier processor is on the way.

The white model will have 64GB of storage inside, putting it on a par with the top-end iPad 2. The current TouchPad comes in 16GB and 32GB flavours.

The word on the street is that the processor will be beefed up to a 1.5GHz, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, which is faster than the current dual-core, 1.2GHz processor.

For those wondering what the new TouchPad will look like, we've whipped out our crayons and produced the beautiful and highly realistic picture above. We got bored while doing the corners but we don't think anyone will notice.

The TouchPad uses the webOS software, which offers a fun and simple interface. WebOS has its own app store, and the TouchPad comes with a digital magazine called Pivot that showcases apps. We particularly liked surfing the Web on the TouchPad, but we weren't overwhelmed by its general performance.

The big question is: where does this news leave the existing TouchPad? When the iPad 2 was rumoured to be on its way, sales of the first iPad dropped. If a new model is on the cards before the first TouchPad's even released -- it'll hit the UK this month -- sales of the original version could be dented.

The TouchPad's biggest rival is the iPad, which comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. The 64GB model costs £560 with just Wi-Fi, or £660 if you add 3G. Prices for the 64GB TouchPad haven't been announced, but the current model's prices roughly match those of the iPad 2.

We don't know when the white TouchPad will go on sale, but let's hope it doesn't take as long to emerge as the notorious white iPhone 4.