By Ethan Dougherty
on 2.9.11

The wait is finally over folks. HP has announced a Web OS 3.0 runnin’-tablet called the the TouchPad, and it looks mighty fine. Its 9.7-inch, 1024×768 XGA multitouch screen, 16 or 32GB of storage, 1.5 pound weight, and 13mm thickness should seem familiar. A 1.2Ghz Snapdragon processor, a 1.3 MP front facing camera for video chatting, and Beats audio integration are definitely tricks the iPad isn’t holding up its brushed aluminum sleeves though — yet. Software obviously is the real differentiator and based on the demo HP has shown off, Web OS 3.0 won’t disappoint. That’s especially true if you have a Palm…err HP phone, since you’ll be able to transfer a website to the tablet and vice versa simply by tapping the devices together. There’s also the option to answer texts or phone calls directly from the TouchPad when the phone is in range. On the accessory front, a new tablet compatible TouchStone has been announced too for wireless charging. The bad news? It’s expected to start shipping sometime this summer, and pricing hasn’t been shared. Learn more here.

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