Hewlett-Packard during their financial results confirmed that the company will be releasing a tablet running webOS to compete with the likes of Apple’s iPad in “early 2011”. Todd Bradley during the call said that the “fabled tablet device does exist, and will be publicly revealed next year, ending speculation that the company was working on such a device which’ll run a modified version of webOS, a mobile computing operating system the company acquired earlier this year as part of HP’s acquisition of Palm.”
“You’ll see us with a Microsoft product out in near future, and a webOS-based product in early 2011,” Bradley said, refusing to comment further on the company’s plans for tablet computer.
It’s thought HP will call the device ‘PalmPad’ (if trademark documents are to be believed) and will target it towards consumers, making it a real rival to Apple’s iPad which has been selling like hotcakes since it launched a just months ago.
HP also confirmed that “slate device” is still alive and well but won’t confirm when they’ll be making it available. It’s believed the company will use the slate to target enterprise and business customers.