HP France outs white 64GB TouchPad with 1.5GHz processor [Update: shipping in 1-2 weeks, official statement from HP] 99
The 64GB HP TouchPad has been a bit of a unicorn as of late, but true to HP form, they’ve up an unceremoniously revealed it in Europe. A small footnote of a button has been added to HP France’s TouchPad landing page, advertising the “The all new HP TouchPad white lacquer 64GB, available soon.” Clicking on that button opens an overlay (seen above, and available bigger after the break) with the following, translated from French courtesy of Google Translate:
HP TouchPad 64GB
A new color and more power.
Stand out with the new HP TouchPad lacquered white! 64GB of internal memory allows you to carry twice as much music, movies or books. Its performance has also been boosted with a super fast 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor. Perfect for work, communication and making the most of all your digital entertainment. HP TouchPad. The next generation tablet.
- White lacquered finish
- 64GB internal storage
- 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X
- Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 1.5 GHz dual-core APQ8060
-1.3 MP camera on the front and digital Microphone
- Multi-touch LED backlit 246mm diagonal screen
So this miracle unicorn of a webOS tablet, could it really come to be? HP France seems to think so, and if there’s anybody we trust to know what’s going on with HP, it’s HP (maybe). So we have a Wi-Fi-only TouchPad here, but with the 1.5GHz chip from the TouchPad 4G, a “lacquered” (i.e. glossy) white case with a black glass front, and double the storage of the current top-end TouchPad. Strangely, the image of the white-backed TouchPad is named "4gTouchPad.png", but we wouldn't read too much into that when we've got the complete specs listed in plain text. Oh, and pricing? According to the little button on the landing page: €599 (which would be right in line with the recently reduced TouchPad pricing)
And yes, this is exactly what was on that roadmap we posted last month, and it matches up with the model numbers and descriptions PreCentral forum member Syndil posted just a few days ago. So if the 7-inch Opal tablet is the TouchPad Go, can we assume that this high-powered 10-inch webOS tablet is the TouchPad Pro?
UPDATE: HP France now has the 64GB TouchPad available for purchase (see store link below), asking €599 for the tablet and giving a shipping timeframe of 1-2 weeks. HP, seriously, this launch makes the Pre3 look like a masterwork of coordination.
UPDATE x2: And after asking yet again, "what's up with that?" HP has responded with an official statement:
"This week, we have started introducing Pre3 in EMEA, and will also be debuting our 64GB TouchPad in the region. With more memory, a faster processor and available in gloss white, HP is excited to add this product to our TouchPad line and will announce regions and pricing closer to availability."
So there you have it, folks, it's officail. The 64GB TouchPad really exists, it's coming, and it's only in Europe for now.