The new HP TouchPad and two new smartphones are based on an updated version of the webOS

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IDG News Service (San Francisco Bureau), 2/9/11

Hewlett-Packard rolled out its debut entrant into the red-hot tablet market, the HP Touchpad, as well as two new smartphones — all running the latest version of the webOS acquired last year when it bought Palm.

HP may be behind some competitors in introducing a tablet, but Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP’s Personal Systems Group, implied that the market is in its infancy as he kicked off the Wednesday event. “The market for connected devices is, conservatively, $160 billion. And we’re in the early stages of a growing market,” he said.

The HP Touchpad will be the first in a family of tablet devices, HP said. It has a high-resolution 1024×768 9.7 inch-display, weighs 1.6 pounds and is 13mm thick. It has a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and allows video calling. It comes with 16GB or 32GB storage and uses the dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The Wi-Fi version will be available this summer in the U.S. and select markets worldwide, with 3G and 4G versions coming later, HP said. A compact wireless keyboard is available for the Touchpad.

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