HP To Bring Out Printer-friendly Android Tablet

HP might have purchased Palm and its celebrated WebOS operating system, it doesn't mean that it won't cosy up with other players in the market.

Indeed, the picture of the Zeen C510, HP's first Android-based tablet computer, has appeared online with some bits hidden to protect the identity of the source.

The device - first outed by Engadget - comes with HP's own Touchsmart user interface on top of Android OS, webcam and SD card reader and a host of customised applications; Google Marketplace doesn't appear to be present and as expected, HP has even included a printing app.

Physically, the C510 has a rather thick frame with three touch sensitive button and a 7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen.

It is expected to go on sale for only $400, less than half the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a price that's even sweeter as some say that it will include a standalone printer, the PhotoSmart eStation c510 printer.

We're not sure however whether the C510 will be a fully-fledged tablet or simply a dumb terminal like the O2 Joggler.