HP to unveil three webOS tablets at CES?

By on December 21, 2010, 5:30 PM
HP is among the dozens of manufacturers planning to ship consumer tablets next year, and rumor has it that the company will introduce three models during CES 2011. Citing a "trusted source," Fox News reports that all three will run webOS 2.5.1 and describes them as a "spin-off" of the enterprise-focused Windows-based Slate 500, which launched in October after being delayed.

HP's upcoming slates feature rounded edges and are supposedly thinner and lighter than Apple's iPad (1.25 pounds versus 1.5 to 1.6 pounds). Features include Sprint 4G connectivity, mini-HDMI and USB 3.0 ports, as well as two cameras with LED flash (1.3MP in the front, 3MP in the back). At least one slate will have a 9.7-inch display that is "nearly identical" to the iPad's.

The company is also said to be developing a fourth tablet for academic use, but it won't be ready for CES. It sounds like the universities will be able to custom order this model, which sports an 8.9-inch screen and will give students to access the school's internal educational software. HP reportedly plans to ship the academic slate by fall 2011, while the others are due in March.

We all know HP has consumer tablets up its sleeve, but whether they'll appear at CES 2011 is another story. Engadget notes that the company hasn't emailed press invitations to an HP/Palm shindig at CES, and the company usually sends notifications earlier than mid-December -- not to mention that HP has arranged a smaller floor presence this year than previous years.

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The Slate 500 looks awesome, I wish I could afford one but they are damn expensive. I tried to get my work to buy some for my team of IT techs but we just cant justify the cost with all the budget cuts right now.

I hope they make a Windows 7 tablet for consumers... i'll try one of the webOS ones but i'm too picky with my needs and probably won't want it. I have played with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but they just don't have the apps for Android that I want.

princeton princeton said:

webOS 2.5.1? What the ****? The old devices haven't even got 2.0 yet. You made your major release now get your priorities straight or old pre owners are going to jump ship. I got tired of waiting for 2.0 on my pre and went to android.

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