Those of you still mourning the death of webOS devices will probably want to turn away. Some slides have leaked showing HP’s plans for their second webOS tablet, dubbed the TouchPad Go. It has a smaller, 7-inch display with a 1024 x 768 resolution, and a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. The TouchPad Go is graced with twin cameras – 1.3 megapixel camera on the front, plus 5 megapixel shooter on the back. Wi-Fi, GPS (with integrated Navigon app) and Bluetooth would have all come standard, with 16 and 32 GB options available, and even ones with 3G/4G radios. Besides that, the home button got moved so the default orientation would be in landscape rather than portrait. The Pre 3‘s Touch to Share feature was also planned to be included, which would allow you to transfer web pages between phone and tablet with a quick touch of the two.
While it’s a little sad to see products like this never make it to market, how well could something like this really have done in a world with $200 dual-core 1.2 GHz processor Android tablets? webOS was cool and all, but it failed to provide a viable third alternative between Android and iOS – a spot that Windows Phone seems like it will be occupying shortly. The first webOS tablet suffered a ton of performance lags, and it’s hard to say if an updated processor and a new version of webOS would have been enough to save it. HP has a new CEO now, and her intentions for webOS are still in the dark, but considering HP shelled out $1.2 billion for the software, odds are they’ll try to find a use for it. HP’s been talking about getting out of hardware altogether, so odds of seeing this design recycled down the line are slim to none.
The TouchPad Go was originally scheduled for a fall launch, but of course that’s never going to happen. Sorry, webOS fans. Now go back to gently rocking your $100 TouchPad to sleep every night.
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