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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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