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More Details Of 7-inch HP TouchPad Tablet Emerge

Three slides have emerged from what appears to be an official HP presentation which depicts the smaller HP Touchpad tablet that was christened the TouchPad Go and appeared on Precentral (opens in new tab).

The tablet, which was never commercialised, shares the same hardware as its bigger brother except for the 7-inch screen (compared to a 9.7-inch one), it has a weight of around one pound and is 13mm thick.

The TouchPad Go packs a Qualcomm APQ8060 SoC, a dual core part clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB RAM, either 16GB or 32GB (no 64GB option), an XGA screen, a rear five megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing one, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HP Beats Audio and built-in GPS, all powered by WebOS 3.0.

The documents also described the benefits of the new WebOS v3.0, which would include cloud document editing via QuickOffice, Integrated GPS navigation and Synergy, the all-encompassing solution that brings together calendars, contacts and emails.

It is probable that HP was waiting to see how successful (or unsuccessful) the bigger HP TouchPad would be before committing to launching its smaller sibling; the early exit of the former means we shall never see the TouchPad Go in the flesh.

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.