updated 09:05 am EDT, Mon June 13, 2011
Accessories include wireless dock, webOS keyboard
At the recent HP Discover 2011 event, Hardware Project Manager Tim Pettitt showed off some of the new features of WebOS 3.0 on the the HP TouchPad (video below). The touchpad has a set of "swipe up" gestures similar to webOS 2.x. Supported gesures include exit Exhibition, exit card view, and to open or close the launcher. Pettitt also said a number of high-end productivity apps should be ready when the Touchpad launches on July 1, although a YouTube app will not be among them. Since the Touchpad supports Flash 10.3, all the features of the YouTube website are available through the browser.
HP also released the pricing for its accessories for the Touchpad. A 10W travel charger with folding prongs and a removable 5-foot USB cable will sell for $30. The Touchstone wireless charging dock will retail for $80 and includes an AC adapter and cable. The Touchstone dock has two positions to allow charging the Touchpad in either vertical or horizontal orientation.
A folding case that converts into a two-position stand will sell for $50. The case has holes for access to the volume controls, speakers, and headphone and micro USB ports, and is thin enough that it work with the charging dock.
HP also offers a compact Bluetooth keyboard with webOS-specific keys. The keyboard runs on two AA batteries, which HP estimates will last for up to 12 months. The keyboard will sell for $70.
The HP TouchPad will be available for preorder June 19, and ships on July 1. The 16GB RAM and 802.11n Wi-Fi model sells for $500. A 32GB model sells for $600. [via Pre Central]
Touchstone charging dock
TouchPad WebOS demo