HP confirms faster, paler TouchPad tablet
64GB Wi-Fi model out in two weeks
HP may not be selling quite as many TouchPad tablets as it might want to, but it's certainly not for want of trying. Hot on the heels of last month's launch comes a new, 64GB model.
Out in two weeks - in France, at the very least, if not elsewhere - the 64GB model is the one that emerged in early July in a leaked presentation slide.
The leak mentioned an unspecified "processor bump" for the August-shipping fondleslab, and here on cue is a Wi-Fi only TouchPad with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon.
The current, 16GB and 32GB models - read our review here - have 1.2GHz chips.
And while they have glossy black plastic backs, the new model is shiny white - seemingly the most popular iPad 2 colour.
HP wants €599 (£521) for the new tablet, €100 more than the 32GB model, itself €100 more than the 16GB TouchPad. ®
What are they on?
You launch a new, me too, product into a market with a dominant incumbent and make it the same price (if not a bit more expensive). It fails to sell in significant numbers, so you introduce a tweak at an even higher price?
Despite its (arguable) superiority to the iPad in some respects, it's surely obvious that it needs to be substantially cheaper to stand the slightest chance. If that means taking a loss until you can build up some volume sales, that's the price you pay to be in the game. If you don't want to pay it, don't play.
Re: white is the most popular iPad 2 colour?
No. The evidence is purely anecdotal. Looking around, I see way more white iPad 2s than black ones. And white ones tend to pop out of availability on the Apple Store more often than black ones.
Think it'd be possible to root one of these and install Android?
I may just wait a few months and pick a couple out of the skips round the back...
Maybe they'll open source it
Stranger things have happened.
Yesterday HP stated it would cancel all activities to do with PCs as well as Tablets and phones.
It would sell off its PC business and cancel all PalmOS manufacturing.
Perhaps this is not true for France? I doubt it.
I suggest you check your sources.