HP unveils TouchPad tablet
February 14, 2011, 7:10am PST | Length: 00:06:13
At Hewlett-Packard's event in San Francisco today, Senior Vice President and GM Jon Rubinstein shows off the company's long-awaited tablet. Running WebOS, the TouchPad features a 9.7-inch screen and is designed to work in conjunction with the company's WebOS-based smartphones.
>> Donald Bell: background noise Hey, I'm Donald Bell for CNET.com. We're here at HP's Think Beyond Event in San Francisco where they unveiled their new Touch Pad tablet, a competitor to the iPad that runs the Web OS operating system they acquired from Palm. Let's go take a look.
>> Today, HP is entering the mobile landscape with a breakthrough new product that shows the power of Web OS as a multi-device platform. This is the HP Touch Pad.
>> The Touch Pad not only looks great, feels great in the hands. Weighs a little more than a pound and a half, and it's just over 13 and a half millimeters thick. The screen is beautiful, bright, and viewable from any angle. It supports video calling. That way. And has beats audio technology for unparallel music playback through either built in stereo speakers or through beats headphones. Touch Pad comes with 802.11 BGNN as well as Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. It has 16 or 32 gigabytes of storage and twice the memory of the Pre. So it has, Pre II. So it has plenty of capacity to browse, play games, e-mail, download, post, and share all at once. Now, we've partnered with QualCom on the chip set, and we're using their newest dual course nav dragon processor, the 8060, which runs at 1.2 gigahertz. It's a powerful work tool, too, and has everything you need to be instantly productive. You can access and edit your Microsoft documents, since Touch Pad comes bundled with Click Office. Now, you can collaborate with colleagues using Google Docs, DropBox, and Box dot net. The Touch Pad supports vpn to connect to corporate networks and working with Skype and others to enable video calling. If you need to print something, and who doesn't, Touch Pad is compatible with HP's linge phonetic industry-leading printing solutions, allowing you to send documents wirelessly to tens of millions of HP's network and wireless printers. No matter how you're spending your time online, Touch Pad brings it all together. It helps you keep your busy life on track.
>> Background noise Now, when you turn it on, the first thing you'll notice is hard view, and this is not just a really great way to get in and out of applications, it's really a workspace. And, you know, it's instant on. So being able to turn it on and instantly see what it is you're working on and get right back to it is a really powerful feature. Now, when I'm done with an application, I just flick it of the top of the screen like that. Around the bottom of the screen here, you'll see we have quick access to a few of the more popular applications that you're going to use, and at the top, we have notifications. We have the ability to actually swipe through and do triage right here. So imagine you're, you're in the browser, you get an e-mail, you'll see a text notification come across the top, and then go back to the browser, you can actually check it out right here. So being able to, to manage your e-mail and do triage from here is really a powerful feature. If I don't want to deal with any of them, I can just swipe the whole stack off like that. We've done some reformatting of the, the e-mail application. You take advantage of the large display of Touch Pad, I can drag over like this, and that will reveal other messages I have in my inbox so I can easily switch between them. And if I want to do a ton of e-mails, I can just drag over here. You know, I've got more than one account. I'm sure you guys probably do, too, and so being able to just crank through e-mails in my different folders and accounts and go through them like this is really a powerful way to keep my inbox in check. Another thing I can do is I can select more than one e-mail if I want, and I can move them, or I can, I can go ahead and delete it. So let's say I want to forward this e-mail, I just tap this button here, and that opens up a new e-mail composition in a new card. To be able to not have to finish it right here, and, and, and work with it later is, is a really powerful multi-tasking feature. In that way, I can get back to it later, even now is not a good time. Also, if I want to take this draft and, and get back to it later, a nice shortcut I can do is just pull it off to here. So I tend to have a stack going of multiple e-mail drafts that I'm working on. Now the other thing I'll show you here is our keyboard. This is a five-row keyboard, and also we let you resize it. So this is something I think it's really going to come down to personal preference. Some people are going to want it bigger, smaller, or sometimes you might just want to go big, right. But we also have a connected photos experience here. So this pulls in pictures from both things that you have on the device as well as connected experiences through Facebook, Photobucket, or Snapfish. And so because we're pulling these from Facebook, we do allow you to, to see the comments. You can tap here and, and respond in line if you want. And another thing, another thing we can do is print. We're compatible with pretty much every network-connected printer made by HP in the past five years or so. So it's tens of millions of printers. Let me show you another application. Kindle. The Kindle application gives you access to Amazon's entire online library, and I can flip through books. Just flip through pages just like you'd expect. It supports bookmarking and, and note taking. Now taking a quick look at our browser, we also support Flash. So what you're used to seeing in a web, in the web browser is what you're getting here. So I have here my Pre III, and I've looked up a recipe for chicken mushroom panini. And if I want to share it with my device, I just tap it there like that -
>> Donald Bell: So does it have to be tapped on the, the sensor itself -
>> Yes. So the sensor is right around here -
>> Donald Bell: And that's the home button sensor, essentially, right.
>> Correct. It's not, it's not the home button itself, but it's, it's, that's, that's where we, we put the sensor for the, for the communication inaudible. That pretty much concludes what I have to show you today.
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