HP To Ship Souped-up iPad 2 Rival

HP will ship a 4G version of the Touchpad with a significantly enhanced SoC and will be exclusively available though AT&T.

Dieter Bohn from thisismynext reports that the 4G Touchpad will come with a 1.5GHz SoC, probably from Qualcomm, which will match the speed of the Qualcomm SoC on the HTC Flyer.

Compared to the Wi-Fi version it will come with GPS and 32GB storage rather than 16GB. The tablet is expected to come within 10 days and will come with the latest version of WebOS.

The TouchPad will ship as a HSPA+ device with download speeds of up to 21Mbps. Customers will be able to choose between prepaid and post paid plans, but HP has yet to confirm whether the tablet will cost the same as the Wi-Fi version.

The Touchpad is basically a clone of the iPad 2; it is not as thin as the latter but comes with a 9.7-inch XGA capacitive touchscreen, the same design, the same amount of memory (1GB), the same storage options, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera (no rear one) and roughly the same price structure as Apple's tablet.

There are a few significant differences though; the Touchpad runs on WebOS 3.0, comes with an optional wireless charging solution (Touchstone), offers wireless printing as standard and Beats audio.