Rumor: HP's TouchPad to launch June 12?

HP has been pretty silent for the most part about its upcoming entry into the growing tablet market. However we could be hearing more info about the tablet based on HP's webOS platform very soon if current rumors are to be believed. According to a story over at Precentral.net, they claimed to have received some inside documents from HP that seem to show a June 12 release for the TouchPad.

The alleged documents were reportedly made for "business customers and resellers" and cover things like system specs, model numbers, accessories and more. So far HP has yet to confirm any release date for the TouchPad other than a vague "summer" release schedule.

As has been reported previously, HP's entry in the tablet world comes from their Palm division which HP acquired in 2010 for $1.2 billion. It was first announced in February 2011 and will come with a 9.7 inch screen and have a dual-core Snapdragon-based processor inside. It will also have the third generation version of the webOS operating system that Palm first created for its smartphones before HP bought Palm. Pricing for the HP TouchPad has also not been announced. HP has also revealed plans to release notebooks and even desktop PCs with webOS installed.

The TouchPad will enter into an already crowded tablet market that has seen Apple's iPad dominate in terms of sales. Motorola's Xoom tablet, Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet and most recently BlackBerry's Playbook tablet have all launched in the last few months with mixed reviews and sales.

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I am curious about the Samsung 10.1 and the HP TouchPad. I have always liked WebOS and wish that PALM would have released it on a 4.0" screen with decent hardware. I think the interface could be a game changer on how people will view the IPAD and it's lack of functionality. The APPs will be and has always been every tablets/pads weak point outside of the Apple App Store. Android needs to tidy up ship and make things more secure. Windows Phone is moving along but needs an overhaul with its search results and user interface. Nokia will make this better for them. MS will follow their lead on this one.

Anyone have the EEE transformer? How is it?

I am looking forward to this tablet, but i want to actually see some vids or first hand showing it in action before i get it.

So far its the HP or the Asus as a second tablet

Honestly, this looks like a great product with great OS features,
I know the tablet market really only just started (similar to the smartphone market), but I am already tired of seeing so many new OS's. Its starting to remind me of the pre smartphone era market.
Maybe its me, but if the market gets over saturated with tablet OS's consumers will be too confused on what to choose. Its already starting with smartphones. WebOS, Blackberry OS and Droid all seem to mimic each other.

doug_jnr said,
Hang on....the playbook has launched?

yeah, and it stole the entire webos interface. This isnt one of those cases were the OS takes a few differnt things from a bunch of differnt OS's, this is a straight copy, if you dont belive me go look at the videos.

reidtheweed01 said,

yeah, and it stole the entire webos interface. This isnt one of those cases were the OS takes a few differnt things from a bunch of differnt OS's, this is a straight copy, if you dont belive me go look at the videos.

Not sure if you're being sarcastic...

Although, personally I'm waiting for a convertable tablet with Windows 8, I hope the touchpad is successful, nothing bad can come out of competition .

Omen1393 said,
Although, personally I'm waiting for a convertable tablet with Windows 8, I hope the touchpad is successful, nothing bad can come out of competition .

...Except new breeds of trolls. [sarcasm] Yeah, I can't wait for a new addition to the whole iPad vs Android vs Playbook debate.[/sarcasm]

from what i saw, this is actually a really nice tablet with really nice features. I was thinking of getting one, but it doesnt have a microSD card.

AtriusNY said,
Who is excited about this?

I thought alot would be since this is the only tablet that has true multitasking besides a windows tablet. this is the tablet I was waiting for but the lack of apps will make it a hard buy over an android tablet, plus its $100 more than the asus transformer. which I'm still thinking about getting but waiting to see what apple announces at wwdc. not really interested in the ipad 3 but what UI changes they are doing to ios 5.