Palm set to unveil iPad rival

There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Palm since the HP takeover, much of it surrounding new devices running Palm's WebOS operating system. Well, according to Fox News, an iPad competitor going by the name of the PalmPad should be first out of the blocks.

Fox News has apparently obtained spec sheets for HP's forthcoming PalmPad tablet, which will be shown off in three varieties at the forthcoming CES trade show in January 2011. All three will run a 'new iteration' of the WebOS operating system, but will essentially be an advancement of the previously-announced HP Slate, which never quite made it to the UK after a US launch late last year.

Those spec sheets claim a device nearly identical to Apple's iPad, but slightly thinner, with rounder edges, throwing in the likes of a mini HDMI port, front- and rear-facing cameras with LED flash (1.3 megapixel and 3 megapixel, respectively) and a USB 3.0 port. As well as that consumer version, a university version will also be launched, with an 8.9-inch screen, access to a university’s internal educational software and some university-specific customisation.

It's unlikely to be the only tablet at CES. Indeed, we expect the event to be literally drowning in Android-based tablets, but HP obviously has some high hopes for this, especially with the market still in its formative stages. CES is just a few weeks away, so not long before we see those shots of the finished product.

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