HP confirms webOS tablet due "early 2011"

Hewlett-Packard today confirmed during their financial results call that the company will be releasing a tablet running webOS to compete with the likes of Apple's iPad in "early 2011".

Todd Bradley, head of HP's PC division, confirmed to reporters during the call that the fabled tablet device does exist, and will be publicly revealed next year, ending speculation that the company was working on such a device which will run a modified version of webOS, a mobile computing operating system the company acquired earlier this year as part of HP's acquisition of Palm.

"You'll see us with a Microsoft product out in the near future, and a webOS-based product in early 2011," Bradley said during the conference call earlier today, refusing to comment further on the company's plans for the tablet computer.

It's thought HP will call the device the 'PalmPad' (if trademark documents are to be believed) and will target it towards consumers, making it a real rival to Apple's iPad which has been selling like hotcakes since it launched a just months ago.

Meanwhile the company still won't comment on when the Windows slate, revealed at the world's biggest consumer electronics show CES, earlier this year will debut. While many believed the company had since axed their plans for the device following the Palm deal in favor of making their own device, HP has since confirmed the so-called slate device is still alive and well but won't confirm when they'll be making it available. It's believed the company will use the slate to target enterprise and business customers.

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I just don't understand why HP would not produce a consumer focused product first. While I understand that it might make some sense to get at the enterprise market before Apple I also, I think its probably a better idea to get at consumers before Apple dominates that market.

Then again, we have seen time-and-again that the first company to market with a great new product wins the heart and minds of consumers. Thats why Windows is still king of the desktop OS despite Apple apparently having a better OS. Its why Apple commands the PMP market despite the fact that Zune is equally capable. Its also the reason why MS still dominates the browser market despite IE having a huge perception problem.

HP has an opportunity to get at the enterprise market first so I give them credit for that but any delays in getting a consumer device out will only help Apple.

NPGMBR said,

Then again, we have seen time-and-again that the first company to market with a great new product wins the heart and minds of consumers. Thats why Windows is still king of the desktop OS despite Apple apparently having a better OS.

HUH? Apple had a GUI based OS out before Microsoft released windows, and were years ahead of MS. But Windows dominates them now.

Same thing will happen with the iOS. Android will end up as the dominant player.

First to market means f all.

I'll be disappointed if it's called a PalmPad. All these companies have gotten so lazy about product names. Ditch the -pad ending, already!

Joshie said,
I'll be disappointed if it's called a PalmPad. All these companies have gotten so lazy about product names. Ditch the -pad ending, already!

I don't think its a matter of being lazy but since they are making products that will directly compete with the iPad, I think "pad" has to be in the name just so uninformed customers know what type of product it is.