Last October HP surprised everyone and officially announced the Slate, an 8.9-inch tablet device.  But looking back – 20/20 hindsight, right – something just didn’t add up.  The device didn’t have a wow form factor and it ran Windows 7, which seems out of place since the company had acquired Palm many months before.  But now it all makes sense, as the company officially announced the HP Touchpad, which we saw leaked last month.

It’s eerily like the Apple iPad in not just name, but look.  Heck, even the mail app in the all new WebOS (3.0) looks comparable to Apple’s.  But let’s put similarities aside and take a look at the specs, shall we?

It has a 9.7-inch 1024×768 capactive touch display that supports 18-bit color.  Unlike the iPad (couldn’t help it), there is a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video chatting.  The 3G model will include GPS functionality and there is the always requisite light sensor, accelerometer, compass and gyroscope.  In terms of connectivity they’ve packed in WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR with stereo support.  There is also a mic, 3.5mm headphone jack and a 6300 mAh battery.  Unlike Apple’s tablet, HP has outfitted it with a miniUSB port, which has quickly become the standard when it comes to recharging gadgets.   And under the hood is a 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060.  It measures 9.45-inches x 7.48 inches x .54 inches (WxHxT) and weighs 1.6lbs.  You’ll have two options when it comes to storage: a 16GB model or a 32GB model.

Much like the Pre of years ago, HP will offer “wireless charging” in the form of something called the Touchstone charger, an accessory that will probably cost close to $100.  It’s simply conductive charging but means you won’t have to wrestle the Touchpad from the dock.  But that’s not all the Touchstone tech has to offer.  HP has enhanced the once one trick pony to now allow you to share URLs (perhaps other media) between HP Touchstone enabled devices.  You’ll just need to physically tap them together.  Call us skeptical, but that sounds like an accident waiting to happen.  Lastly, there also pushing a Bluetooth keyboard.

Unfortunately, HP has yet to announce a price but we do know it will launch Spring of this year.

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Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."