HP to introduce new tablet – the TouchPad

Hewlett-Packard will enter the tablet computer market with its new TouchPad product, CNET reports today.

Hewlett-Packard today took the wraps off its long-anticipated tablet, a 9.7-inch device it’s calling the TouchPad, along with the bombshell that its WebOS is headed to PCs.

The TouchPad will run the company’s WebOS, which it acquired along with Palm as part of a $1.2 billion deal in April. Among its list of features are: a 1024×768 pixel display, a weight of 1.5 pounds, 13mm thickness, front-facing cameras for video chat, 16GB or 32GB of built-in memory, support for Adobe’s Flash, Beats by Dre speakers, and a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.

Initially the TouchPad will be offered as a Wi-Fi only device, though HP said it plans to release a version with 3G/4G mobile connectivity later on down the line.

The Palo Alto-based Hewlett Packard also announced two new smartphones, the HP Pre 3 and smaller HP Veer.

Readers interested in comparison shopping different tablet options may want to check out this PC World article on how the TouchPad, Apple iPad and Motorola Xoom stack up against each other.

Here is the same publication’s review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Am I forgetting anybody?