HP readying webOS tablet for early 2011

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We all know HP's webOS tablet is coming, but the question remains 'when?' Well, if you were hoping to get one for Christmas it seems you'll have to wait a little longer. According to a report on Engadget, trusted sources in attendance at a recent HP employee meeting were told by Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley that the project, dubbed "Hurricane," will see the light of day in the first quarter of 2011.

Unfortunately, little is known about the device itself other than a possible name -- "PalmPad." The company was granted the trademark for that name back in July when it also confirmed its Windows-based tablet is still in the works. What we do know is that the company plans to offer some level of differentiation between the two, as the latter will target the business sector with a full blown desktop OS and pen-input capabilities, while its webOS device should appeal to consumers. The company is also said to be working on an electronic book reader powered by Google Android, which if true, means it will have to deal with the trouble of supporting three different tablet operating systems.

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