If you were excited to get your hands on the HP TouchPad with webOS, you’ll be happy to know that the tablet has just passed through the Federal Communications Commission and this indicates that it’s not too far from being launched.
The HP TouchPad is an exciting tablet that brings the goods when it comes to specs. The 9.7-inch screen should provide ample real estate with a1024 x 768 resolution and the 1.2 GHz SnapDragon processor should provide enough power to fly through apps. You can also look forward to a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera but there’s no rear camera.
The HP TouchPad should also benefit from having webOS, which we’re still very, very fond of and always believed would scale well. This runs the latest version of the software and it includes improved workflows for a larger screen and the same cards interface that has been, uhhhh, influential to things like the BlackBerry PlayBook.
There’s also some cool TouchPad technology which will make this work well with the latest crop of HP webOS smartphones. For instance, if you have an HP Pre 3 and it rings, you can answer on your TouchPad if you so choose.
There’s also a neat way to share content between your phones and tablet, as you’ll be able to tap to share. I prefer something like Chrome to Phone in terms of overall usefulness but this is cool nonetheless.
The webOS TouchPad will come with 16 or 32 GB of storage, a microUSB charger and Beats by Dre audio system. There’s still no word on when this will hit but I think the early summer window would be appropriate and let’s hope HP can get a model out that costs, at most, $500.
We can’t wait for this tablet to hit the market but feel free to check out our hands-on video below to tide you over.