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HP announces TouchPad, its 9.7-inch WebOS tablet

Hewlett-Packard announces a 9.7-inch WebOS tablet, the HP TouchPad.

The HP TouchPad.

On Wednesday at an event in San Francisco, HP revealed its oft-rumored and highly anticipated WebOS tablet, the HP TouchPad.

HP will pit the TouchPad against the iPad and Android tablets. WebOS was previously seen in the Palm Pre Plus smartphone and will be featured in the new Palm Veer and Palm Pre 3.

The tablet will make use of Palm's latest version of the OS, WebOS 2.1. The device has a 9.7-inch capacitive touch screen, weighs 1.6 pounds, and is 13.7 millimeters thick. It includes 16GB or 32GB of storage, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, a gyroscope, and an accelerometer.

The TouchPad will also enable you to sync information over other WebOS devices.

First impression is that it looks a lot like the iPad, even down to the colors of keys on the virtual keyboard, but especially the very elegant and simple design.

Here's a full list of specs:

  • Operating system: HP webOS 2.1
  • Display: 9.7-inch XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with a 1024x768 resolution
  • Keyboard: Virtual keyboard
  • Email: Microsoft Exchange email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology, POP3/IMAP
  • Messaging:vIntegrated IM and SMS
  • GPS3: A-GPS (3G models only)
  • Digital camera: Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for live video calling
  • Sensors: Light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer), and gyroscope
  • Audio formats: Audio formats: DRM-free MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
  • Video formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264
  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication
  • Bluetooth wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
  • Memory: Choose either 16GB or 32GB internal storage
  • Connector: Charger/microUSB connector with USB 2.0
  • 3.5mm stereo headset/headphone/microphone jack
  • Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2GHz
  • Touchstone charging support.
  • Dimensions: Width: 9.45 inches, Height: 7.48 inches, Thickness: 0.54 inches
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds

HP says a Wifi version of the TouchPad will be available this summer, with a 3G/4G version available later in the year.

No word yet on pricing, but, we'll have more on the HP TouchPad later today.