So we’ve seen some FCC details from the 7-inch HP TouchPad Go and even got a few blurry cam photos out of China that revealed a good number of the specs (1.5GHz processor, 16GB storage, etc). But are you ready for the full monty, because PreCentral’s got it right here, courtesy of an anonymous tipster and a packet full of HP’s marketing plans for the TouchPadGo (that’s HP’s ridiculous stylization at work – we’re just going to write TouchPad Go from here on out).
Now we can offer up the full spec sheet on the TouchPad Go, and it’s a little 7-inch tablet that we really really really want. It packs a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor (the same APQ8060 found in the current TouchPads) with 1GB of RAM and the Qualcomm Adreno 220 GPU. Storage options are 16GB or 32GB. It of course includes your standard complement of Wi-fi and Bluetooth radios, as well as adding GPS to the mix. Also new is the rear-facing 5 megapixel camera with flash, joining the 1.3 megapixel video chat camera up front. Like the big TouchPad, a 3G/4G cellular version of the Go was also planned.
Where things really get interesting is when you start factoring in dimensions. The IPS screen retains the 1024x768 pixel count, but scales it down from 9.7 inches to 6.95 inches. The TouchPad Go was expected to weigh around one pound, and measure 0.51 inches (13 mm) thick. As we saw in the blurry cam photos, it has a nice grippy soft-touch back, unlike the slick and glossy fingerprint magnet on current TouchPads.
The TouchPad Go includes practically everything from its big unsuffixed brother, including the stereo speakers, Beats Audio, Touchstone and Touch-to-Share, and webOS 3.0 (though certainly a 3.0.x version given the added camera and GPS). But anybody who owns a TouchPad would tell you that there’s room for improvement, and HP saw that too when crafting the Go. There’s the aforementioned addition of rear camera and GPS and soft-touch coating on the back, but HP also swapped out the plastic buttons of the TouchPad for metal ones on the Go.
Speaking of the buttons, if you have a TouchPad Go, you might notice that they’re in new places. HP saw fit to rotate the physical orientation of the Go’s buttons and camera 90 degrees, setting the primary orientation as horizontal. This matches up with the landscape-first strategy of Google and Microsoft, but runs counter to the iPad and TouchPad’s vertical orientation.
Of course, the Go (and all the above mentioned tablets) can run in any orientation, but that HP saw fit to reorient the Go as a landscape one gives some insight into their plans for the tablet. One of the presentations dedicates and entire slide to the cameras on the Go, and though we don’t learn any more beyond 5 megapixels and HD video for the rear, it seems pretty clear that HP’s orienting the orientation towards using the Go as media consumption and creation tablet. That’s assuming that the camera’s any good.
A new feature for the TouchPad Go, at least over the publicly-available TouchPads, is GPS. While GPS was integrated into the unreleased AT&T TouchPad 4G, the Go would have been the first Wi-Fi webOS tablet to include with GPS. Where things get interesting is the bundled software: HP had partnered with GPS personal navigation device builder (and recent Garmin purchase) Navigon to include on-board turn-by-turn navigation. Navigon has experience building GPS navigation apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones, but the TouchPad Go would have been the first to come with it integrated out-of-the-box.
HP’s plans called for a fall 2011 launch for the TouchPad Go. The marketing plan included hitting on the benefits of webOS 3.0, including Synergy (described in plain English as integrated calendars, contacts, and email), cloud document editing with Quickoffice, and the integrated GPS navigation. The lead line for their marketing spiel was “Business never stops,” with the commercial copy repeatedly mentioning meetings, colleagues, and work on the go. It’s clear that HP intended to market the TouchPad Go towards business customers, but as consumer customers we can’t help but be intrigued by this little tablet that will never be.