Palm is expected to reveal a brand new iPad competitor in January during the 2011 CES in Vegas. FoxNews reports “this tablet called “PalmPad” will come in three different models running HP’s WebOS operating system, with the primary differences being disk space.” The fourth version may be in the works, specially tailored to university students showing “how versatile the machines can be.”
“The consumer version will run on Sprint’s fast 4G network, specs include: a mini HDMI port, front- and rear-facing (1.3 megapixel and 3 megapixel) cameras with LED flashes, nearly identical to the 9.7-inch LCD on the iPad.”
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.
HP’s Todd Bradley recently said, “You’ll see us with a Microsoft product out in the near future and a webOS-based product in early 2011.” Sure enough, the company plans to make the PalmPad available in March 2011.