Will the HP TouchPad palm off competition from iPad 2?
HP is a big name in the PC business, and it could be that it'll be the first serious contender to challenge the iPad's dominance of the tablet market. Last year the company bought Palm and have built on their technology to launch the HP TouchPad:
At first glance it appears suspiciously similar to the iPad, both in terms of size (also a 9.7" screen) and the user interface. There's 16 or 32GB of storage, wireless charging, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and the WebOS supports Flash. There's also a front-facing camera, but it's a disappointing 1.3 megapixel.
HP has also launched two new smartphones; the Veer and the Pre 3. The latter can interact with the TouchPad, allowing content to be shared between the two.
Although the TouchPad isn't available until the summer, HP have decided to launch it now, ahead of an expected glut of tablet launches at Mobile World Congress next week, and before Apple announce the iPad 2. HP also haven't announced any pricing yet, no doubt waiting to see how the market leaders price their next model. Both the Motorola XOOM and Galaxy Tab priced themselves above the iPad; perhaps HP has to smarts to tackle Apple on price as well as features.