HP Exec claims webOS-powered PalmPad coming early 2011

In an analyst meeting, HP Executive VP (and a leading candidate to replace their ousted CEO) Todd Bradley stated in very clear terms that a “PalmPad” running webOS is set for release early next year.

We’ve already announced the expansion of our future product portfolio well beyond smartphones. We’ll have a webOS-powered PalmPad that will be set for release early in 2011.

After HP’s trademarking of the PalmPad name and the various rumors over the codenamed “HP Hurricane”, this plain and direct statement is a breath of fresh air. Of course, we still don’t know what they intend this thing to do. Will it partner with a Palm phone like the BlackBerry Playbook does with BlackBerrys? Will it make calls like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and act as a big smartphone? Or will it be more self-contained like the iPad and be data-only? There are several paths a new product can follow in today’s rising tablet market. Expect a lot more speculation to come.

Via PreCentral by way of Engadget

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com


  1. SO … where is the Win 7 based slate? That has been “soon” for months.

    Is “early 2011″ 1st quarter (100 ship on MArch 31, general availabilt April 30?)

    Maybe it is 2nd quarter? 3rd quarter … 4th quarter … 5th quarter?

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