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Video: HP unveils TouchPad tablet to rival iPad

Kathleen Hall

HP has launched its TouchPad tablet, which will run on the company's own WebOS operating system.

At the event in San Francisco the company also unveiled two new smartphones, the HP Veer and HP HP Pre3, both powered by WebOS.

>> See also: Photos: HP unveil TouchPad, Pre 3 and Veer <<

The WebOS was developed by Palm, which was acquired by HP last year for $1.2bn (£745m).

The 9.7" TouchPad tablet will compete against Apple's iPad, RIM's Playbook and the range of tablets already powered by Google's Android such as the Motorola Xoom.

"Today we're embarking on a new era of webOS with the goal of linking a wide family of HP products through the best mobile experience available," said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP.

Enterprise functions include Quickoffice, which enables users view and edit documents, such as Microsoft Word and Excel and VPN support to connect to corporate networks.

The tablet also has a 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam, which has a video calling capability, and is compatible with HP wireless printers.

The HP TouchPad will go head-to-head with Apple's iPad 2 which is set to be unveiled later this month with a launch date looking likely to be April.

While the iPad lacked many features, the iPad 2 looks set to steal HP's thunder with a powerful camera and an improved processor.

According to research from Gartner, consumer spending shifted decisively from PCs to devices such as tablets during the last quarter of 2010.


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