HP TouchPad (webOS Tablet) In Singapore

HP TouchPad
HP TouchPad

26 July 2011, Singapore – HP announced that they will be bringing in their first webOS tablet, the WiFi version of HP TouchPad, to Singapore,  it will be available in stores from 12 August 2011. Pre-orders will be available in the online and participating retailers from 27 July to 11 August 2011, visit www.hp.com.sg/touchpaddeals or call the hotline at 1800-278-0812 from 27 July onwards. Here are some additional retail details:

HP TouchPad

Specifications:

  • Operating System: HP webOS 3.0
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz  dual-core
  • Graphics: Qualcomm Adreno core
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB
  • 9.7″ LED backlid multi-touch display ( XGA 1024 x 768)
  • Front-facing 1.3 megapixels camera
  • Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 240mm x 13.7mm
  • Weight: 740g
  • Internet Communications: Browser, support for Adobe Flash Player and HTML 5. Email, Microsoft Exchange with Direct Push Technology, POP3/IMAP (Yahoo! Mail, Gmal, AOL, Hotmail, etc). Video Calling, face-to-face conversation. Messaging (IM), see your messaging conversations with each person combined in the same view regardless of app used.

Price:

  • HP TouchPad 16GB (WiFi): promotional price of S$599* (Usual retail price: 699)
  • HP TouchPad 32GB (WiFi): promotional price of S$699* (Usual retail price: 799)
*HP TouchPad National Day Promotion
This is a month long promotion in August 2011. In addition there’s also a bundle promotion as follows, both the HP TouchPad with 16 GB and 32 GB of storage will come with a HP TouchPad Case and the HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard  at a promotional offer of S$699 and S$799, respectively. 

Accessories

  • HP Touchstone Charging Dock: S$109.90
  • HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard: S$79.90
  • HP TouchPad Case: S$49.90
  • HP TouchPad International Power Adapter: S$39.90
  • Beats Solo Headphones: S$420.00

Availability

Available from authorized retailers, and direct from HP from 12th August 2011.

Special Deals

To celebrate Singapore National Day, for the month of August, the HP TouchPad with 16GB of storage will come with HP TouchPad Case. The HP TouchPad with 32GB of storage will come with HP TouchPad Case and the HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard.

Authorized retailers

  • Best Denki
  • Courts
  • Harvey Norman
  • K8 (at Funan DigitaLife Mall)
  • Solutions @ HP (at Funan DigitaLife Mall)
HP TouchPad Commercial 
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd5up6XrzQc
Here are my impressions for the HP TouchPad and some pictures I took during the launch event.
HP TouchPad Front View
HP TouchPad Front View
HP TouchPad back view
HP TouchPad back view

As you can see from the pictures, the HP TouchPad comes in a glossy finish that makes it a Super fingerprint magnet both front and back. The unit is slightly heavier than the tablets that have recently launched by other companies. But the unique selling point for the HP TouchPad is the operating system, webOS 3.0, thats running it. The webOS 3.0 performs multitasking  by grouping your activities in the form of card stacks, so you can easily track all related items together.

The HP Synergy feature, which keeps contacts, calendars, messages, photos and email automatically syncs from sources like Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, Skype and Microsoft Exchange. So now you no longer need to search through you facebook for those pictures you uploaded many months back, as they are already synced on to the HP TouchPad.

The HP TouchPad is also one of the first tablet to have a facebook Tablet App running on it. With integrated view of facebook wall for the tablet, making it feels like browsing a magazine version of your own facebook wall.

HP TouchPad facebook App
HP TouchPad facebook App
HP TouchPad facebook App check in
HP TouchPad facebook App check in with map view

The onscreen keyboard has a feature that allows you to change the sizes of the keyboard to fit your usage. If you like to see more screen and less keyboard, use the XS size keyboard, and L size keyboard for those with big thumbs like me.

HP TouchPad on screen keyboard change sizes
HP TouchPad on screen keyboard change sizes
HP TouchPad on screen keyboard XS
HP TouchPad on screen keyboard XS
HP TouchPad on screen keyboard L
HP TouchPad on screen keyboard L

My favourite feature for the HP TouchPad will be the Touchstone technology which allows you to recharge the tablet when it comes in contact with the HP TouchStone Charging Dock, making it look sleek and no need the hassle of plugging the tablet to a charging dock.

HP TouchPad, Touchstone Charging Dock
HP TouchPad, Touchstone Charging Dock
HP TouchPad, Touchstone Charging Dock & Wireless Keyboard
HP TouchPad, Touchstone Charging Dock & Wireless Keyboard

 

Here’s a short video review from Cnet.com:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5rIYcC2hv8

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