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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.