HP Unveils Touchpad Tablet

So we finally have it, the HP Touchpad, the company's first WebOS tablet which will take on the Apple iPad and a host of other similar devices.

The Touchpad appears to be a combination of the iPod Touch and the iPad, two of Apple's most popular iOS gadgets and as coincidential as it is, it is also a preamble to the common features the devices have.

Like the iPad, the Touchpad has an XGA screen with a 9.7-inch diagonal. It is powered by Web OS 2.2, crams a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.2GHz, has a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, 1GB RAM, either 16GB or 32GB onboard storage and comes with a slew of sensors.

As expected, it supports multi-tasking out of the box as well as Flash. HP has also bundled in Box.net, Google Docs, Quickoffice, Skype and Dropbox plus HP's own Wireless Printer support.

At just over 700g and with a thickness of only 13.7mm, it is likely to be a viable alternative to the Apple iPad especially as its starting point will be $499 in the US.

And in another nudge at the iPad, two versions of the Touchpad will be available one with 3G and the other without; expect it to come in the UK either as stand alone or through a mobile phone operator like O2.