HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming soon ... whaaa???

HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming soon ... whaaa???

Summary: HP's TouchPad tablet's was only released on July 1, but already HP is announcing that a "4G" flavor featuring a faster CPU is on the way.

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Sometimes I don't understand the logic behind some announcements ... and this is one such example.

HP's TouchPad tablet's was only released on July 1, but already HP is announcing that a "4G" flavor featuring a faster CPU is on the way.

The "original" WiFi-only TouchPad featured 1.2GHz CPU, while this updated version sports a 1.5GHz part. It also features 32GB or storage and an integrated GPS ... as well as "all the benefits of being connected via AT&T's network.".

No pricing or availability, other than a the teaser "in time for back to school."

It makes no sense - no sense at all to me - for the company to announce a 'sportier' version so close to the release of the WiFi-only model. I understand the need for a cellular-data version (although consumers might not), but if the 3G flavor needs a better CPU then chances are that the WiFi model would benefit from the same upgrade. This move seems like a sure-fire way to make existing TouchPad owners dissatisfied with their purchase so soon after choosing HP. Not a good move.

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  • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

    Plus from what I'm hearing the existing one is a battery hog. So adding 4G (ouch) and a faster CPU isn't exactly going to help. Perhaps it'll have a bigger battery (and be even heavier).

    I'd really hoped HP wouldn't screw this up... Hopeless.
    jeremychappell
    • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

      @jeremychappell Such illogical behavior indeed match very well those of HP's board of directors in its many major decision in the past 10 years. "HP Way" was long gone!
      PWsY
    • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

      @jeremychappell Battery is not an issue on mine. Always juice at the end of the day. Most of the time I haven't even charged it overnight. Just got my touchstone, though, so that will change now!
      Detfan
  • HP laid off all the good US engineers long ago.

    The famous "Invent" logo is just an ironic reminder of what the company was in better days.
    terry flores
  • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

    This happen when they panic and see that even though they have a good product it is inferior to the iPAd wave of sales. The problem is they have the wrong people making the wrong decisions. They just rushed something out. Now you have a base of first buyers that feels duped because you have a better one out in a few months. HP is scrabbleing because there sales are now where near what they thought they should be. Scale back now HP.
    ser182
    • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

      @ser182 "The next one will cost over $700. I am extremely happy with mine.
      Detfan
    • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

      @ser182

      ...a few months??!! More like one week.
      davidlfoster
  • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

    only FOSS can allow for such a rapid release cycle.
    windoze has been stuck for years with no new updates.
    Linux Geek
    • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

      @Linux Geek <br><br>Please pick up a dictionary, and look up the phrase "non sequitor".<br><br>Thank you.
      bargeemike
    • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

      @Linux Geek Good job; you got your bass-ackwards *NIX Fanboi-ism on the first page of posts. Score +1 Geektard for you.
      mnemennth
    • By the time TouchPad4G will be releazed they will announce 1.8 GHz WiFi ...

      @Linux Geek: ... model update.
      DDERSSS
      • Really? Where did you hear this?

        @DeRSSS
        I'd like to read more about it. I believe 1.8GHz would make it the fastest tablet out there.
        toddybottom
    • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

      @Linux Geek - Yes, Touchpad is Linux under the hood. Now, FOSS community would fix those annoying performance drags so that everyone will want a Touchpad, but they are too busy posting on forums.
      zaq.hack
  • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

    ....and to think how well this strategy worked for Osborne Computer Corporation....
    egads@...
    • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

      @egads@... You got it! Classic example of releasing info about an upcoming product too soon after the introduction of the previous one! I thought everyone in the computer industry had heard of the horror story of Osborne!
      leopards
  • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

    You mean, existing owner?

    I think Jason Perlew is the only one who has bought one.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

      @Cylon Centurion I bought one and am extremely happy with it. I have used mine for bluetooth phone calls, like I really want to use the Touchpad for phone calls! LOL. Mine has been great so far.
      Detfan
    • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

      @Cylon Centro
      Not just Jason, I brought one (staff discount so excellent VFM) I am happy so far - I brought my wife an iPad at Xmas, her first comment was along the lines of 'it is not nice and shiny like mine' 3 days later and she is accusing me of spoiling myself and bitter that it just works and does not lock up and need frequent restarts like hers!
      To be fair it takes a bit longer than I would like at switch on and there are couple of quirks that I have not found a way around yet, but that is down to laziness as I have yet to RTFM. As a content consumption device it has been good, only found 1 website that did not work and the sound quality is great; I just streamed the new Torchwood radio play and it was eerily atmospheric.
      I agree that the timing of this could be better, but it is probably just a reaction to the 'knocking' comment from some pundits. Overall I am pleased with the purchase, not as sexy as the market leader, but in our household it seems the more reliable tablet.
      Kev Baylis
      • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

        @Kev Baylis [i]...bitter that it just works and does not lock up and need frequent restarts like hers![/i]
        I call BS on this statement. Not claiming that the iPad is without it's issues and am not making any statements regarding the TouchPad as I have not tried one but of the numerous people I know with an iPad, none have the issues you claim to have with your wife's.
        non-biased
  • RE: HP launches TouchPad ... then announces faster version coming ... whaaa???

    The original article puts two things together that are not chocolate and peanut butter. At 1.2 GHz vs 1.5 GHz, the "freezes" that people complain about will just be shorter, not gone. The problem has to be in the software and I'd look for it be solved with a patch or update (if at all), not a new part.

    As to 4G, having a different part that is 4G is not so shocking, is it? Seriously? The second one is better than the first one? They announced it too soon? What's the problem again? All 10 people who bought a Touchpad will have a chance to buy a BETTER one in a few months? That's a complaint?

    Weird article.
    zaq.hack