It's with some surprise that we were introduced today to the new HP TouchPad. No, not the one we're currently reviewing. HP is adding another SKU to its roster of WebOS slates, currently numbering one; and they're bringing more than just HSPA+ with the HP TouchPad 4G. Clockspeed has been bumped from 1.2 Ghz to 1.5 Ghz on the updated slate, which could help with the sluggishness some early adopters may have noted. Speed is the only change though, the device still sports 32 GB of storage and a 1024x768 9.7" screen. Weight is up a few grams and battery life is down a bit; no surprises given the new radio and 25% clock increase.


The device will be available through AT&T Business Services and major retailers, pricing and release date remain a mystery, however. Why HP would push a spec update to its brand new tablet is also a bit of a mystery? The note about the device being sold through AT&T's enterprise sales division is a big clue, though. It's likely this is part of HP's efforts to push the TouchPad as an enterprise tablet, much like RIM's efforts with the PlayBook. Execs are far more likely to pay a premium for a more refined experience and expanded featureset than your average consumer. Either way, we'll update as we know more, and keep your eyes peeled for our TouchPad review soon. 

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  • Pirks - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    Good luck trying to play catch up with RIM tablet, losers
  • deesugar - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    Thanks for that laugh! :)

    As RIM is crashing and burning. Shares plummeting, disgruntled employees writing open letters about how poorly run RIM is. A failed tablet launch that makes HP's TouchPad launch look like a success. Oh by the way what is that thing? 7'inch copy of WebOS that needs a BB phone to get email?!? A Speak 'n Spell could catch up with that RIM tablet.

    HP's acquisition of Palm wasn't without some missteps but their OS is way better and updates will fix most of the problems which will be released soon. HP is the largest PC manufacturer and is ramping up more more employees for WebOS and about to launch a huge marketing push. HP has many more WebOS products coming down the pipeline.

    Rim only has uncertainty, not just about their tablet but their future as a company.
  • Pirks - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    Yeah, right, the RIM App World is growing leaps and bounds, with 1 billiion downloads so far, 3 millions downloads every single day from 100 countries it is in, RIM international revenue grew 67%, they are swimming in billions of cash, got best mobile OS there (QNX) and best tablet with best web browser, just read rave reviews like - and RIM is crashing and burning? It's more like your head has crashed against something hard dude :))) Are you just another analyst believeing clueless blog worshipping sucker? Then I have a bridge to sell you.
  • andymcca - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    Stocks don't magically go to a P/E of under 4.5 because of a few clueless analysts. If you are blind to RIM's problems, you should check that you did not leave your reality distortion field running overnight.

    A 53% price drop year-over-year when the S&P is up 21% in the same time is also not a great sign.

    I'm not saying anything specific about their products, or anything specific, but RIM is definitely in danger, and jumping on the tablet fad is not going to save them.
  • Pirks - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    Yeah yeah, RIM is doomed because their stock price went down, MS is doomed because their stock is not growing for decades... who else on your shopping block? Google because they're gonna hit a speed bump and slash their profits tomorrow? DOOMED!

    I love clueless analysts, so much fun :))) Same guys who asked you to buy RIM shares when they were $140 a pop now ask you to sell them when they are $28 a pop. Nice eh?

    Keep believing man, keep believeing, I need gullibles like you on a stock market, I made some profit off RIM shares already and gonna do even more. You just keep posting here and believeing. Please.
  • Pirks - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    shopping block == chopping block
  • andymcca - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    That you are long RIM and not regretting it is all I needed to know.

    If you are value investing (which you imply), unless you have been long RIM for more than five years, you couldn't have made money on it. The last time it was this low was in 2006.

    I apologize that the rest of the world does not recognize your genius! Go troll elsewhere. Thanks!
  • Pirks - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    You loser missed the moment when RIMM went down to 25 and then shot up to 30 in three days at the end of June right after their quarter report, when I acted quick and made a few grand. But you just keep believing analysts, please, I need gullibles like you on stock exchange. Please don't stop believing! :)))
  • pablo906 - Saturday, July 16, 2011 - link

    Every comment you make reeks of either ignorant fanboi or just flat out lies. The RIM tablet has no significant market share. They are looking at under 1/2 million total tablet sales that's pitiful. Apple did that in under an hour of sales. They have a huge worldwide presence in the smart phone market not the tablet. I'm not going to feed the trolls but I will simply say, here is a link to their financial statement breakdown, and everything you believe is fantasy. You're completely wrong in every way and noone cares to hear you delusional ravings.
  • bplewis24 - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    In what country did RIM get "best mobile OS"?

    I should say "which planet" but I'm trying to not be condescending nor rhetorical.

    Any site which gave that thing a rave review doesn't deserve to be clicked on.

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