In an interesting way of doing business, HP has just announced they will be upgrading more than just a wireless chip in the ATT (US) of their new TouchPad. The new version, the TouchPad 4G, will be the same as the original (not even 2 weeks old), but will include an HSPA+ chip for network support as well as an upgraded 1.5GHz processor (up from 1.2). The rest of the TouchPad will stay the same though, including the black color even though there is a planned white version coming available next month.
Perhaps this is HP’s way of helping the TouchPad, but I can’t understand the reason for launching a tablet that’s being upgraded spec wise in a matter of a month or so. I’m currently working on the full review for the tablet, and I’d be irate if I purchased this and the hardware was upgraded within a matter of weeks. But HP needs to build up consumer support, and this definitely isn’t the way to do it. Way to go
beta testers early adopters. Thanks for the $500-580 to let us know we need to upgrade the hardware right after initial release. Oh we promise more apps are on the way too!
Any early TouchPad adopters frustrated at this? Full press release after the jump.
HP TouchPad 4G to Launch on AT&T Mobile Broadband Network
Connected webOS tablet is a productivity powerhouse for businesses and consumers
PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that the HP TouchPad 4G(1) will be available exclusively in the United States on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T, in time for back to school.(2)
“It’s particularly well suited for users who rely on connectivity in the field – from large corporations to small businesses and self-employed mobile professionals.”
With a faster 1.5-GHz processor, 32 GB of internal storage(3), integrated GPS(4) and AT&T wireless mobile broadband capabilities built in, the connected version of HP’s first webOS tablet lets users browse the web, check email and get more done in more places – not just Wi-Fi hotspots.
“TouchPad 4G is ideal for anyone who needs maximum flexibility for productivity on the go,” said David Gee, vice president, Marketing and Enterprise Solutions, webOS, Personal Systems Group, HP. “It’s particularly well suited for users who rely on connectivity in the field – from large corporations to small businesses and self-employed mobile professionals.”
“Consumers and small business customers are seeking cutting-edge mobile computing devices that offer easy access to the web and the ability to stay in touch with friends and clients on the go,” said David Haight, vice president, Business Development, Emerging Devices, AT&T. “The TouchPad 4G is a sharp, multifunctional device that delivers the perfect set of features. Pairing it with the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network and most extensive Wi-Fi network gives TouchPad 4G users the best mobile broadband experience in the market.”
AT&T’s fast mobile broadband network will enable HP TouchPad 4G users to download large files quickly, stay on top of emails, and access favorite websites with ease. With AT&T’s DataConnect Plans for Tablets, users can buy the prepaid or postpaid mobile broadband data service that fits their needs, whether they’re an occasional user or want to stay connected all the time. HP TouchPad 4G users also will be able to take advantage of unlimited access to more than 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots nationwide with qualifying data plans.(5)
With support for Adobe® Flash Player Beta; video calling capabilities; the ability to print wirelessly to compatible networked HP printers; Quickoffice to view Microsoft® Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files; and Adobe Reader to view PDFs, HP TouchPad is a true productivity powerhouse. It automatically syncs personal and work emails, contacts and calendars from sources such as Microsoft Exchange, Facebook and Google into a single view.(6)
With webOS, TouchPad users also have a next-level multitasking experience, integrated access to their information with HP Synergy, the ability to find information on the device or the web using the Just Type feature, and unobtrusive notifications. HP TouchPad is designed to help users accomplish more, letting them connect, play, surf and share more easily.
Optional accessories for HP TouchPad include the HP Touchstone Charging Dock, the HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard and the HP TouchPad Case.
U.S. pricing and availability
The HP TouchPad 4G on the AT&T mobile broadband network will be available through HP commercial channels, AT&T Business Services and major retailers. Specific pricing and dates will be available at a later date.