Palm iPad competitor, PalmPad to be revealed at CES

Palm is expected to reveal a brand new iPad competitor in January during the 2011 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Vegas. The rumor mill is already spinning, with experts predicting Palm basing this tablet off of the HP slate released this past October.

FoxNews reports this tablet will be called the PalmPad, and will come in three different models once released. All models are expected to run HP’s WebOS operating system, with the primary differences being disk space. Their source also reports a fourth version may be in the works, specially tailored to university students showing “how versatile the machines can be.”

The PalmPad will run on Sprint’s 4G network, and will sport similar specs to Apple’s flagship iPad. Additional features include a mini HDMI port, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, as well as a 3 megapixel rear-facing camera; both cameras will utilize LED flashes. 

Physical dimensions haven’t been finalized yet, however it is expected that the consumer version of the PalmPad will use a large screen similar to that of the 9.7 inch panel on the iPad. The university model is said to utilize a smaller 8.9 inch screen for easier storage and transport in book bags. It will be thinner than the iPad, with rounded edges similar to an Amazon Kindle.

The PalmPad will be made available in March of 2011, with Palm expecting students to begin using the university model by Fall of 2011.

Neowin will be Live at CES 2011 from Jan 6th to the 9th. Be sure to check the front page for on the floor coverage and in-depth press analysis.

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If it runs smoothly and gets the job done, it might just succeed. Although as far as past experience goes, I'm not a fan of HP's idea of a good graphical user interface. We'll see how this works out.

"palmpad" doesn't have any omfff for a brand name. why not make it less complicated and call it simply palm vi, palm vii, etc. the palm brand name if famous for its pda, and any ipad is just a copycat of the palm pda. palmpad sounds like a ipad copycat. which is quite sad for the palm legacy.

Waiting to see what the Acer android tabs have to offer before I buy anything...dual cores looks sweet. And by then, I am sure new stuff will be out.

I am not a major APPLE fan but I give them credit where credit is due. NO ONE and I mean NO ONE can discount their role in revolutionizing what once was a small niche market. They are not the first to come along with the idea but they are currently the best to reshape the concept into what it is today. Their APP store cannot be beat and will continue to release some very high quality applications. The medical market is starting to utilize the IPAD and this will revolutionize that niche market as well. If they bring RETINA resolutions and keep the current screen format they will have pretty much locked down that medical market and PALM or any other competitor will not be able to catch up.

I love the WEBOS platform and like many wished that it found its way into better hardware early on. That is where I think it failed and the PALM PAD with the help of HP is where it will pick it back up. I think WEBOS will find its new home in this growing platform(Tablets) and hopefully will find its way back to at least a 3.7 or 4.0 inch screen mobile phone with some dual processors in the near future.

Don't count out MS as their user base is very large. Although I agree with people that the OS itself is not touch friendly it does have it uses and I would like to see a touch friendly interface(top layer) created and introduced to the market.

No matter what 2011 will be an exciting time for the growing Mobile and Tablet Market. I can't wait for CES to see what they will bring to the table. I know I will look forward to actually demoing the NotionInk ADAM, the PALM PAD and all the new toys that will be released in summer of 2011!

not interested..

I think The market for "big phone" tablets won't last beyond another generation especially when the technology for full blown OS & functionality on these things is better for the consumers. Are we really going to have to chose between iOS, Android, WebOS, potentially Chrome OS, Windows and blackberry for a tablet device? will people settle for phone computing on a tab and deal with all the BS around that? not me

Yea... The iPad is a complete fail. It's only sold millions and breathed new life into the tablet Market.


Sent from my iPad.

Benjy91 said,
Yea... The iPad is a complete fail. It's only sold millions and breathed new life into the tablet Market.


Sent from my iPad.

Use the reply button?

Was waiting for the iPad 2 but there's a good chance that the PalmPad will work a whole lot better for me.
I guess I'll decide when they're both available in a few months time. There's a small chance that I'll get a PalmPad through work too

kalahari surfer said,
Was waiting for the iPad 2 but there's a good chance that the PalmPad will work a whole lot better for me.
I guess I'll decide when they're both available in a few months time. There's a small chance that I'll get a PalmPad through work too

All depends on the app store available and developers, whats the point of a great OS if there is no Apps to run on it.

soldier1st said,
i bet palm will beat the crap outta the failIpad.
Hardly, with iPad 2 not far away (and if the rumored specs are true). You may not like Apple but when it comes to marketing and building up hype, Apple cannot be beaten. Palm needs to do more then just make a better and cheaper iPad equivalent, they need to market it heavily as well. So I wouldn't be placing any bets on Palm winning just yet.

soldier1st said,
i bet palm will beat the crap outta the failIpad.

failpad being one of the fastest selling gadgets of all time until kinnect. Try using one for more than 5 seconds.

soldier1st said,
i bet palm will beat the crap outta the failIpad.

*facepalm*

They've sold millions and millions of the things.. how can they be a "fail" - just because you don't like the device (got a general dislike for most things by Apple I'm guessing?) doesn't mean it's a fail.

Sheesh.

soldier1st said,
i bet palm will beat the crap outta the failIpad.

*facepalm*

They've sold millions and millions of the things.. how can they be a "fail" - just because you don't like the device (got a general dislike for most things by Apple I'm guessing?) doesn't mean it's a fail.

Sheesh.

soldier1st said,
i bet palm will beat the crap outta the failIpad.

Bravo! Stupid comment of the day from an Apple hater who never used the iPad. They sold millions, I'm using one daily, typing on it right now. What usefull tablet existed before Apple came out with the iPad?? Don't say tablet PC, at twice the price, they are more PC than tablet.

Even Google are working hard to get a good version of Android for tablet use. Apple may not stay in the lead in the long run, but they will have defined what a tablet is. They were first to the party.

WebOS is the easiet mobile OS you will ever use. It takes about 1 minute to learn, and once you do you will wonder how anyone can use anything else, its just so natural.

Panda X said,
WebOS was exactly my favorite mobile OS but I think it still has a lot of potential to compete.

I second that.