It's with some surprise that we were introduced today to the new HP TouchPad. No, not the one we're currently reviewing. HP is adding another SKU to its roster of WebOS slates, currently numbering one; and they're bringing more than just HSPA+ with the HP TouchPad 4G. Clockspeed has been bumped from 1.2 Ghz to 1.5 Ghz on the updated slate, which could help with the sluggishness some early adopters may have noted. Speed is the only change though, the device still sports 32 GB of storage and a 1024x768 9.7" screen. Weight is up a few grams and battery life is down a bit; no surprises given the new radio and 25% clock increase.


The device will be available through AT&T Business Services and major retailers, pricing and release date remain a mystery, however. Why HP would push a spec update to its brand new tablet is also a bit of a mystery? The note about the device being sold through AT&T's enterprise sales division is a big clue, though. It's likely this is part of HP's efforts to push the TouchPad as an enterprise tablet, much like RIM's efforts with the PlayBook. Execs are far more likely to pay a premium for a more refined experience and expanded featureset than your average consumer. Either way, we'll update as we know more, and keep your eyes peeled for our TouchPad review soon. 

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  • Pirks - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    So Anandtech doesn't deserve to be clicked on?

    "PlayBook probably offers the best browsing experience from a pure software standpoint of any of the tablets" (C) Anand himself

    I love to primitive trolls off guard, now you'll have to troll Anand for giving such a good review eh? Go ahead dumbo, gimme some more fun :))) Troll Anand while I watch and enjoy the show. Where's my popcorn...
  • Pirks - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    I love to [catch] primitive trolls off guard
  • Wiggy McShades - Friday, July 15, 2011 - link

    it's funny you say the app market is growing leaps and bounds when every major software development firm has dropped blackberry completely. RIM's documentation and developer support is actually worse than facebook's. QNX is a crapshoot and with the kind of tools RIM supplies to developers, it will stay that way.
  • Belard - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    So really, what makes it any more business like - other than sold through a "business" office?

    Is it any more business like than an iPhone2 or Android?
  • lenghui - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    Wow... can they make the bezel any thicker? I would love to get one that can accommodate a coffee cup.
  • cknobman - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    LMFAO I was thinking the same thing!!! I hope they pay their product designers well!!
  • kmmatney - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    You need a larger bezel with a tablet this big, as you can't grab it all in one hand. Maybe they could have made it a little smaller, but the bezel on my Nook is about as small as you can go - my thumb overlaps the screen a small amount on the Nook.
  • ltcommanderdata - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    If I'm not mistaken, the HP TouchPad already gets worse battery life than competitors like the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 although better than the Playbook. And HP's solution to poor performance is to simply crank clock speed and cut battery life further instead of addressing the route of the problem by optimizing their OS?
  • whosaidthat - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    This brief article would pull a failing grade in high school English.
  • cgramer - Thursday, July 14, 2011 - link

    I was going to say the same thing... Edit much? :-)

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