Hewlett-Packard today became the latest player to enter the tablet PC arena. Meridian also was part of HP’s announcement, with the news that a version of Sooloos by Meridian will be offered as a music management application for future products using the WebOS.
The TouchPad will be available this summer, with the company initially shipping this Wi-Fi version, but 3G and 4G models will follow at an undesignated date. Pricing was not revealed.
HP acquired WebOS operating system when it bought Palm last year, and it will be used on most new HP products as part of a strategy to provide a fully integrated home and office to the consumer.
“The new application will give the user elements of the rich user experience we take for granted with our Meridian Sooloos products,” stated Meridian Audio Ltd. CEO Tim Ireland in a letter to his company’s dealers. “We certainly expect users to want to learn more about Meridian and how they can enhance their listening experience with our products.”
The Wi-Fi Touchpad has a 9.7-inch screen, weighs about 1.5 pounds, and has 16GB or 32GB of storage. It is powered by a Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.2GHz processor and will run flash.
This WebOS 3.0-based device was unveiled at a jam-packed press event held at the Fort Mason Center, in San Francisco. Amazon announced a Kindle app for the Touchpad while the event was taking place. The tablet was just one of the announcements.
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