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HP Tablet Running Palm's WebOS Launching Q4?

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HP's Slate PC is said to be launching in October and comments from a HP Taiwan exec suggest that it could run Palm's WebOS.

Digitimes reports that HP will launch a tablet running Palm's WebOS operating system this October. Citing Monty Wong, vice president of personal computing systems group at HP Taiwan, the website says the company will use WebOS for tablets and smartphones but not for netbooks. Wong says HP will reveal more details in July, after its acquisition of Palm has been signed and sealed.

The news comes after HP allegedly axed the Windows 7 version of its HP Slate. Originally scheduled for a June launch, it would appear that if not canceled, the device has been put on hold. Wong says the Slate will launch in October with "a wide range of software and application support" but failed to mention if it will run WebOS.

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    back_by_demand , May 25, 2010 11:06 AM
    Interesting, if this Palm WebOS allows me to install my printer, connect a USB DVD writer and put burning software on, allows me to play back any of my torrented TV shows and play Flash games from Candystand...
    then
    I will buy one
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    didymus03 , May 25, 2010 12:40 PM
    I just want an affordable (~$500) tablet that would let me do digital painting on the go. Anyone know of such a device on the market, or coming soon? If it were able to handle some 3d modeling as well that would just make my day.
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    pollom , May 25, 2010 1:24 PM
    yeaaaaa palm is back!!! :)  :) 
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    pollom , May 25, 2010 1:28 PM
    back_by_demandInteresting, if this Palm WebOS allows me to install my printer, connect a USB DVD writer and put burning software on, allows me to play back any of my torrented TV shows and play Flash games from Candystand...thenI will buy one


    No bit torrent, but you can print via documents to go and play flash games :) 
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    Anonymous , May 25, 2010 2:22 PM
    didymus, people have already been doing that on the iPad
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    Ragnar-Kon , May 25, 2010 3:37 PM
    SSquirreldidymus, people have already been doing that on the iPad

    Sad yet true.

    Wonder when a Windows tablet will come. Having the functionality to remote into my work desktop will monumentally speed up a lot of tasks at work. But knowing my luck, no remote desktop functionality will be added to a Windows tablet, and yet someone will probably design an app for the WebOS/iPad that will. Oh well.
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    NapoleonDK , May 25, 2010 4:44 PM
    I'm still much more interested in Tegra 2, Moorestown, and Android. But by all means, BRING ON THE COMPETITION! :D 
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    Azriel4444 , May 25, 2010 10:30 PM
    What, Android or CromeOs cost to much? LOL! I understand HP wanting to utilize the properties it just acquired, but I fear they may alienate themselves by embracing it too much. WebOS will end up being costly, just to maintain competitiveness. If it breaks the iPad though, it might be worth it.
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    ethanolson , May 26, 2010 3:57 PM
    Don't forget, HP indicates that the Android Slate is still in process as well.
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    back_by_demand , May 26, 2010 5:20 PM
    pollomNo bit torrent, but you can print via documents to go and play flash games

    I dont want it to bit torrent
    I want it to play back videos that I have previously acquired via bit torrent
    Therefore
    Not be forced to pay for all my video content from iTunes
    Also
    Print via documents? WTF? Can I install my printer or not?
    If I have a bunch of photos I want to be able to edit, crop, remove redeye, preferably after I have installed Photoshop (if it allows me) then I want to be able to attach my USB printer and print them out.
    Can it do that?
    Yes? Get one
    No? Get bent
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    didymus03 , May 27, 2010 9:47 AM
    SSquirreldidymus, people have already been doing that on the iPad


    Thank you for your input. I do realize that one can sketch quite well with an ipad (or ipod touch/iphone for that matter) but I'm more interested in something that can do pinpoint accuracy in drawing. There are styli (what is the plural of stylus anyways?) available for these devices, but I'd prefer a more traditional drawing tablet pen type of tool rather than the blunt sticks available for the current set of apple devices. Sketchbook for the ipad, however, is a pretty full-blown drawing app, I doubt I'd have too many complaints with that.