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HP’s 3 WebOS PalmPad Tablets Coming To CES 2011

Hewlett-Packard is planning to unveil a tablet running Palm’s WebOS operating system at January’s Consumer Electronics Show and 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…..

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.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.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.

The consumer version of the PalmPad will run on Sprint’s fast 4G network, but otherwise it has hardware specs nearly identical to Apple’s iPad. There are minor differences, of course: It has a mini HDMI port. And there are front- and rear-facing cameras (1.3 megapixel and 3 megapixel, respectively), both with LED flashes.The PalmPad is slightly thinner than the iPad with rounded edges closer to the Amazon Kindle. At 1.25 lbs, the PalmPad also sports a USB 3.0 port and a “multi-switch” just like the one on the Palm Pre.

The university version sports an 8.9-inch screen and will have access to a university’s internal educational software; it’ll also sport any other specs specifically requested by the institution. Students will start using these in the Fall 2011 semester, HP hopes.The three versions being shown off at CES haven’t been finalized yet, but will probably have a larger screen than the university version, one nearly identical to the 9.7-inch LCD on the iPad.

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