SanDisk rep demos HP TouchPad at Computex [Video]

Summary:A SanDisk rep at Computex 2011 shows off the HP TouchPad running webOS 3.0 before its official launch, rumored to be June 12.

GadgetsMagazineTV just posted an extended demo of the much anticipated HP TouchPad by a SanDisk rep (go figure!) at Computex 2011.

SanDisk is one of HP's hardware partners on the 9.7" tablet running webOS 3.0, originally developed by Palm for its Palm Pre smartphone and acquired by HP just over a year ago. The TouchPad uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 (at 1.2GHz), features a XGA capacitive, multi-touch display (1024x768 resolution), offers 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, comes with either 32 or 64 GB of memory, and has a built-in 1.3 mega-pixel front-facing camera. This slate should be in Wal-Mart by June 12 and will cost $599 for the 32GB model, according to SlashGear. (The price for the 64 GB model is not yet available.)

As far as I can tell from this video, the GUI scrolls through applications horizontally like the BlackBerry PlayBook and is quite responsive with no obvious lag. The way the address book consolidates all email accounts and contacts (phone, text, email, IM) into separate interfaces to reduce the user's reliance on apps remind me of the design rationale behind the Windows Phone 7 "Mango" update. I like the ease of multitasking from app to app using both touch controls and the built-in button.

What do you like best about the TouchPad or webOS 3.0?

[Source: SlashGear via TechCrunch]

[Video Source: GadgetsMagazineTV's YouTube channel via CrunchGear]

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware

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