Rumor: 64 GB TouchPad with faster CPU, 4G coming in August; Pre3 and OPAL to follow this fall

Rumor: 64 GB TouchPad with faster CPU, 4G coming in August; Pre3 and OPAL to follow this fall

Summary: Not even a week since the HP TouchPad's debut and PreCentral is already reporting that HP will be launching a couple of new TouchPads by August, as well as other webOS devices by fall.

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Not even a week since the HP TouchPad's debut and PreCentral is already reporting that HP will be launching a couple of new TouchPads by August, as well as other webOS devices by fall.

According to a confidential HP product brief that PreCentral obtained, HP is already gearing up to launch a couple of new TouchPads this summer.

There will be a glossy white TouchPad with a "Processor bump" and 64 GB of internal storage. Although PreCentral said, "We’ve heard rumblings that a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon might be in the wings," it offered no evidence to back up this claim. The white TouchPad is likely only available in Wi-Fi, which follows the the 16 GB and 32 GB capacities just launched, as the leaked document doesn't specify the upcoming slate's connectivity, unlike the 4G model outlined in the next bullet.

The 4G TouchPad -- also coming in August -- will be available in glossy black, with 32 GB of internal storage and possibly the same specs as the 32 GB Wi-Fi only TouchPad (Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz dual-core APQ 8060 CPU, Adreno 220 GPU, 9.7" display at 1024×768 resolution, and built-in 1.3 megapixel front camera). AT&T will be the carrier for the black TouchPad, which means it will be HSPA+ capable.

To take advantage of webOS devices' unique Touch-to-Share feature via Bluetooth, consumers are no doubt eager to get their hands on the Pre3 smartphone and OPAL, the rumored 7" tablet. They are apparently coming this fall (see the first image) but details on either of these products are few and far between at this point.

Update: According to specs revealed at CES 2011, the Pre3 will have a 3.6" multi-touch, touchscreen display with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard (in landscape mode, not side slide-out like the myTouch 4G Slide), a front-facing as well as a 5-megapixel rear camera with flash, that runs webOS 2.0.

Is it possible that HP would be introducing new products so soon after a less than stellar launch just last week?

[Source: PreCentral]

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Topics: Hardware, Mobility, AT&T, Wi-Fi

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  • Even 1.5 GHz CPU bump by far will not be enough for TouchPad to be ...

    ... competitive with iPad 2 in vFP calculations as well as graphics. But it is still improvement; the more so, in integer operations, they have up to 50% advantage -- this is not for games/visualizations/calculations, but for things like word processing.
    DDERSSS
    • YEAH!!! DeRSSS!!! You got the first post!!! YEAH!!!

      @DeRSSS
      Always glad to see you get the first post in a non iPad story so you can bring the iPad into it!!! Like you said, this isn't even competitive with today's iPad 2, forget about iPad 3!! YEAH!!! I don't really understand what you mean by vFP calculations as well as graphics but now I can quote you and insult anyone who doesn't think iPad is the best.

      Oh, and don't forget that the screen layers are glued together in the iPad but they aren't in the TouchPad. Oh and also that the TouchPad feels cheap. Oh, and the TouchPad doesn't have 100,000 apps. Oh, and the TouchPad doesn't have AirPlay or AirPrint. Oh, and the TouchPad doesn't give you easy access to buy music, books, or video from iTunes.
      woulddie4apple
    • BTW Do you think ZDNet uses WebObjects?

      @DeRSSS
      Just wondering if ZDNet uses Apple's preferred web platform: WebObjects? Since you are a self proclaimed expert on Web Objects, I was just wondering if you knew.
      woulddie4apple
  • graphics are fine

    don't know where you're getting those numbers from, but whatever. Notice how the best games aren't the most graphically intensive ones on the mobile platform?

    I think there's plenty of room to grow in the android market and welcome the touchpad. for my money tho, I'm going to go with toshiba.
    awkward hug