We have heard a bit about the HP PalmPad before and honestly, no one is surprised that HP is working on the tablet. This has to be what HP had in mind since the iPad took the market by storm. Rumors are circulating that HP will pull the PalmPad out of the shadows at CES and show it to the hoards of geeks that are at the show.
HP will supposedly unveil three PalmPad models at CES according to what FoxNews.com calls a "trusted source." The three models will all run new versions of WebOS that was the sole reason HP gobbled up Palm. The three tablets are also said to be a spinoff of the HP slate that died an early death after being showing off at CES 2010.
A consumer version of the PalmPad will reportedly run on the Sprint 4G network. It has a mini HDMI port and front and rear cameras according to other sources. It’s also said to be a bit thinner than the iPad and weigh 1.25 pounds. It also has a built in USB 3.0 port and a multi-switch like we saw on the Pre.
A university version has an 8.9-inch screen and will have access to internal education software at schools and other specs that universities requested. It will start hitting schools in the Fall 2011 semester says the source. The third version is rather unknown, my money says a 3G only version for Verizon or AT&T. The two mainstream versions will sport 9.7-inch screens and pricing is unknown.