The HP TouchPad was unveiled earlier this month, one of many tablets which are clamouring to get a share of the market Apple currently dominates.
At least there’s something different about the TouchPad compared to the legion of Android slates, in that it runs the webOS platform.
The hardware spec is pretty reasonable, too, including a 9.7 inch display (with a resolution of 1024 x 768), Snapdragon dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 16 or 32GB of storage, a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera, bluetooth, wi-fi and 3G.
We were expecting this tablet to arrive in the summer, but apparently it will be available to purchase sooner than that.
DigiTimes reports that the webOS 3.0 slate will begin shipping later next month, with the TouchPad arriving on shelves in April.
DT’s sources estimate that HP plans to ship around 5 million units of the TouchPad this year.
The key to whether or not this device can carve out some success for itself will likely be the price. Although how many folks will plump for webOS over Honeycomb, the iPad 2, or indeed the BlackBerry PlayBook, we’re really not sure.
Perhaps rushing it out to market is the best chance the TouchPad stands.