HP TouchPad To Launch Earlier In April?

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HP is reportedly going to launch its TouchPad WebOS-based tablet device in April with delivery to retailers starting as early as end of March, ahead of schedule with the computer manufacturer expecting to push up to five million units in three quarters - that's around 600,000 units per week.

Digitimes says that the TouchPad will ship with WebOS 3.0 and HP may have shot itself in the foot by adopting a 4:3 screen ratio and an XGA resolution to compete directly with the Apple iPad rather than a more traditional 16:10 aspect ratio that's found on Android tablets.

The Motorola XOOM, another iPad competitor, is set to be launched this week, with Toshiba, Samsung and a slew of other rivals likely to get their own large-format tablets out of the door fairly soon.

HP seems to be deliberately targetting the iPad by adopting the same form factor for the Touchpad given how the two are similar design wise and hardware wise. Digitimes also says thatHP is going to "coordinate" its WebOS smartphones to allow the OS to work with the company's different products.

Whether this means that we will see a tighter integration between Windows and WebOS platform remains to be seen; a spokesperson for HP declined to tell us whether or when the company will release a dual booting system or announce non-mobile devices based on WebOS soon.