We fear that HP’s European chief might have caught a touch of Spinal Tap-itis.
Speaking at a press conference in Cannes, the Daily Telegraph reports Eric Cador as saying that the TouchPad will leave all other tablets in the dust, iPad included.
He rather bravely stated: “In the PC world, with fewer ways of differentiating HP’s products from our competitors, we became number one; in the tablet world we’re going to become better than number one. We call it number one plus.”
A bit like Nigel Tufnel suggesting that Spinal Tap’s amps went up to eleven and were thus louder than everything else.
HP is planning a major marketing initiative when it launches the TouchPad over the summer (previous rumours that it would be rushed out and on the streets by now turned out to be false).
As to whether the TouchPad can compete with the iPad, or indeed the Honeycombs and PlayBooks out there, remains to be seen. But HP will certainly be hoping its tablet fortunes don’t turn the way of its smartphones.
The webOS 3.0-powered slate boasts 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.