“HP will introduce three models of the PalmPad at CES, with minor hardware differences distinguishing them,” Morris reports. “All three will run a new iteration of the WebOS operating system, version 2.5.1; they’re collectively a spin-off of the never-released HP Slate. A fourth version won’t be shown off at CES, I’m told, but it will be custom made for university students to prove how versatile the machines can be.”
Morris reports, “The consumer version of the PalmPad will run on Sprint’s fast 4G network, but otherwise it has hardware specs nearly identical to Apple’s iPad. There are minor differences, of course: It has a mini HDMI port, for example, while the iPad requires a special dongle for video output. And there are front- and rear-facing cameras (1.3 megapixel and 3 megapixel, respectively), both with LED flashes… At 1.25 lbs, the PalmPad also sports a USB 3.0 port and a ‘multi-switch’ just like the one on the Palm Pre… The three versions being shown off at CES haven’t been finalized yet, but will probably have a larger screen than the university version, one nearly identical to the 9.7-inch LCD on the iPad.”
More info in the full article, with diagrams, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Manny S.” for the heads up.]