The Apple iPad has a solid lead in the tablet space. But Steve Jobs had better watch out: the competition is coming.
This year at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, pundits predict that manufacturers will unveil a host of tablet-style devices to compete with Apple’s funky iPad. But the product that could prove to be the strongest competitor isn’t from Blackberry-maker RIM, nor a gizmo from the Windows and Intel crowd.
It’s from the dark-horse rival, Palm — and its owner HP. FoxNews.com has obtained spec sheets for HP’s forthcoming PalmPad tablet this week from a trusted source. And I’m super excited to see these things debut at the 2011 CES IRL (that’s in real life). Here are some of the basic highlights.
HP will introduce three models of the PalmPad at CES, with minor hardware differences distinguishing them. All three will run a new iteration of the WebOS operating system, version 2.5.1; they’re collectively a spin-off of the never-released HP Slate. A fourth version won’t be shown off at CES, I’m told, but it will be custom made for university students to prove how versatile the machines can be.