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Early in February 2011, HP announced the new tablet with iPad-similar specifications. The new tablet is based on palm WebOS, and provides 9.7-inch multitouch screen and 1024x768 display. So far the appearance of TouchPad is much like iPad and weights 1.6 pounds, but with the black back cover, the front camera and the home button in HP TouchPad. Rumors run that Apple will also add camera iPad 2 while many other tablet computers are equipped with front-facing camera.
Together with HP TouchPad, users can easily get the content to TouchPad from the smartphones like HP Pre3, Veer based on Palm WebOS. This function is somewhat like the AirPlay on iPad with Apple TV 2, but TouchPad makes it easier for sharing. TouchPad is only equipped with 16GB and 32GB internal storage for your choice, while iPad provides more options: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.
HP TouchPad will be available this summer, and the price is not determined yet. Rumors come that iPad 2 will be on sale in this spring, may be April 2011. HP TouchPad does not only compete with other tablet PC manufacturers like Samsung with Galaxy Tab, RIM with Blackberry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom, but also its brother - HP Slate 500, which is based on Windows.
Like other tablet PCs, HP TouchPad also supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for web browsing. iPad supports the media formats like .mp4, .m4v, .mov, .avi (with M-JPEG) and .mp3, .aac, .aiff, .wav. HP TouchPad supports the following media codecs:
Audio codec: DRM-free MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
Video codec: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264
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