HP has an announcement to make regarding webOS on February 9th. The tagline "Something big, Something small, Something beyond" had many people trying to guess what the company had to show off, with plenty of fingers being pointed at a tablet device. HP and Palm haven't been coy with their tablet talk, though, and have confirmed that a tablet device is on its way featuring Palm's webOS mobile Operating System (OS). As many high-profile devices generally do, it seems that at least one of the tablet devices has found its way into the Internet, in internal render form, well before the official unveiling of the device.
Amazon has been tipped as the latest potential suitor for what remains of Palm, with insider sources at HP claiming the mega-retailer is close to finalizing a deal. HP is reportedly looking to rid itself of Palm as soon as it can, VentureBeat's tipster tells them, and while there are apparently "a handful of contenders" interested, it's Amazon that's closest to handing over the cash. However, it's unclear from the leaks whether Amazon would be buying Palm's hardware business, the webOS platform, or both.
HP's 7-inch TouchPad, codenamed "Opal", has leaked into the wild, despite HP itself having cancelled the webOS project. Originally intended to be the follow-up to the existing TouchPad, the 7-inch version has made an appearance in prototype form on the Chinese ZooPDA forums, running a 1.5GHz Snapdragon APQ8060 processor and a 4:3 aspect, 1024 x 768 touchscreen.
Apparently, there have been some rumors floating around that a new HP TouchPad packing 4G has hit the FCC. That isn't the case though accordion to some sources. Buried inside the FCC documents for the new HP tablet that has hit the FCC are some labels that clearly show what hit the FCC is in fact the HP TouchPad Go with a 7-inch screen we have talked about before. Last we spoke about the mysterious 7-inch HP tablet the thing was expected to launch this month.
The TouchPad from HP only went live in the last few days. We posted up our review of the TouchPad already and found the hardware lacking, but WebOS was pretty good. I guess HP is already set to refresh that TouchPad hardware, if the leaked roadmap can be believed. According go the roadmap an updated TouchPad is set to land this summer. Specifically the new 64GB TouchPad and a 4G version will land in August.
The HP TouchPad was officially announced back in February to the delight of webOS fans. The 9.7-inch slate would be the company's first entry into the tablet market and would also bring with it a new webOS 3.0. Pre-orders for the tablet have already begun with a ship date set for July 1, and now a smaller 7-inch version may be taxiing on the runway for an August release.
The HP TouchPad is set to launch sometime this summer, but so far HP's kept pretty quiet on the details. A leaked lineup sheet back in March revealed that the TouchPad may arrive sometime in June with prices that correspond to those of the iPad 2. Today, a leaked screenshot of a Walmart inventory page shows that its pricing remains the same and that various accessories will also be available.
HP's first tablet offering, the TouchPad, has just passed through FCC signaling that a commercial launch is not too far off. According to a leaked document obtained early last month, the TouchPad is slated to launch in June. The recent FCC filing seems to support this schedule.
European retailer Phone House - aka the European arm of Carphone Warehouse - has thrown up pricing information for the incoming batch of Android 3.0 tablets. The XOOM, ASUS Eee Pad, LG Optimus Pad and Acer Iconia Tab A100 have all been spotted in the retailer's online catalog by AndroidGeek, with no release dates bar "coming soon."