Report: Upgraded HP TouchPads coming in August

HP's new TouchPad tablet armed with its in-house WebOS operating system shipped to stores last Friday, but it appears that the product will get some upgraded versions very soon. The web site PreCentral.com reports they have received some internal HP slides that show off the new upgrades to the TouchPad. Also due out before the end of the year is the Pre3, the next version of the mobile phone that also has WebOS installed.

The report claims that in August, HP will launch a new TouchPad that will have three differences from the current 16 GB and 32 GB models. One is that the new TouchPad will be in white versus the current black TouchPads. The other, and much more important differences, are a larger hard drive (64 GB) and a new processor. The report claims to have heard rumors that the new chip will be a dual core Snapdragon model running at 1.5 Ghz.

Also due out in August is the AT&T version of the TouchPad, which will add a cellular wireless connection to the product (the current versions are WiFi only). The wireless connection will be for AT&T's HSPA+ network, but not apparently for the company's upcoming LTE based network. AT&T has said in the past that it plans to launch the network in select cities sometime this summer.

The reviews for the first two TouchPad models have been middle of the road but an HP VP recently sent a note to employees stating that the company is aware of some of its issues, particularly the WebOS user interface, and plans to release updates to solve those issues.

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too little too late in my opinion.. it was a nice tablet but the os was a bit shakey and laggy.. the playbook seems more solid even without the native apps... hopefully they can get the os upgraded cause it has alot of potential

Lachlan said,
too little too late in my opinion.. it was a nice tablet but the os was a bit shakey and laggy.. the playbook seems more solid even without the native apps... hopefully they can get the os upgraded cause it has alot of potential

This is a joke right? The playbook is a complete ripoff of webos, nobody will even debate this, they stole the entire os. This isnt one of those "well everyone steals from someone" when it comes to tech, the new RIM os is a pure copy.

This is a major financial blow to HP which will have to compensate those 4 people who bought the current TouchPad. /s

wow, whoever released the internal info at HP should be fired. people knowing this is really going to hurt sales numbers, who would buy it now knowing theres a upgraded one around the corner for probably the same cost.

Don't know what HP was thinking charging the same as Apple for their unfinished tablets. HP seems to be making a lot of odd decisions lately; they discontinued their TM2T line which was one of the actually good hybrid around, they removed high quality screens from their sub-15" laptops, ...