HP webOS tablet official - arriving early 2011

Since HP gobbled up Palm, there’s been constant talk about when the HP webOS tablet (aka the Palmpad) will make an appearance. After coyly dropping hints for months, HP execs have finally confirmed that it will be arriving in early 2011 in the wake of the Windows 7-powered HP Slate. Read on for the word from HP and what we know so far…

During a call with investors in the wee hours of this morning, HP Personal Systems Group Executive Vice President (it looks good on the business cards) Todd Bradley finally confirmed that HP webOS tablet is on track for early 2011.


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Following on from previous statements the HP Palm deal, Bradley said creating tablets was one of the big reasons for the acquisition. We knew it wasn’t just to build those webOS printers we’re promised.

Pressed on whether the iPad is eating into HP netbook profits, Bradley said: “You’ll see us with a Microsoft product out in the near future and a webOS-based product in early 2011.”

That’s all the confirmation we need. The HP Slate with Windows 7 will slide into view first with the HP webOS tablet/Palm Pad most probably making its first public appearance at CES 2011 in January.

There’s a lot of love out there for webOS but are you excited at the prospect of picking up the Palm Pad? Dive into the comments to let us know what features you want to see in an HP webOS tablet.

Due early 2011 | £TBC | HP (via Pre Central)

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