HP Files For Three Trademarks: Duopad, Touchslate, Touchcanvas

HP recently filed for a trademark for HP Touchpad, leading to speculation that the upcoming line of webOS tablets would follow that naming convention. Now it seems there are three new filings that are likely related to the webOS tablets. HP has filed for Duopad, Touchslate and Touchcanvas. While there have been a few leaks regarding possible specs of the tablets, it’s still not clear what HP will call the new line of tablets.

Touchpad, Touchcanvas, Duopad

Will PalmPad make a resurgence or will one of the newer filings be used? We’ll find out on February 9th. Have a favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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Top Ten Things for the PalmPad To Be A Success

CES is right around the corner and the first juicy rumor is that HP Palm will showcase the PalmPad, a tablet based iPad competitor running webOS. There is no doubt that webOS is ideal for a tablet format. Just ask RIM whose BlackBerry Playbook uses some of the nuances found in webOS. If the rumor pans out, what will it take for the webOS tablet to be a success.

Here’s our take.

  1. They must provide a launch date and we don’t mean the vague launch dates that accompanied the original Palm Pre and the Palm Pre 2. Provide a rock solid date in March, but don’t lead with available in Q1.
  2. Price it competitively with the iPad. By competitively, we mean less.
  3. Don’t lock it to Sprint. While 4G is great, there are plenty of cities throughout the US that don’t currently have Sprint’s 4G service. The idea of paying for a premium 4G data plan to use the PalmPad doesn’t sit well with us.
  4. Following up on the previous point, there needs to be a WiFi only version.
  5. Don’t forget about phones. Success of webOS will be driven by phone sales. Dropping major new hardware in January will help move units and get the solid user base needed for the tablet to succeed.
  6. There should be one compelling selling point, one advantage as to why a user will purchase a PalmPad over Motorola’s new Android tablet or the iPad. Take that one point and drive it home with heavy advertising. Yes, leave the creepy girl at home for this one.
  7. No carrier exclusives. Look no further than the Palm Pre launch on Sprint for reasons why they might not be a good idea.
  8. Drop the Palm name and go with HP. We all know the cord is getting cut. This is a new product category for Palm, but HP is well known in computers. Make no mistake, this is a computer, so brand it that way.
  9. Hardware needs to be killer. Motorola will be delivering some heavily touted specs and the iPad 2 is likely coming before the PalmPad is released (if that March date is happening). You don’t want to be the tablet on the comparison sheet that loses the spec fight. Saying you have the superior OS is not enough. Bring hardware that’s on par with the OS.
  10. The biggest hurdle is development of apps. Like it or not, developers have not flocked to webOS. iPad apps are not giant iPhone apps, they are specifically designed with a tablet in mind. webOS apps need the same kind of treatment.

Let us know in the comments if you agree, disagree or would like to add to the list. What does HP Palm have to do to make you buy a webOS tablet?

HP Palm To Debut Tablet “PalmPad” At CES

According to report from Clayton Morris at FOX News, HP Palm is prepping a the rumored webOS based tablet for CES. Included in the article were some rudimentary drawings of the device, interestingly enough the device was branded as HP.

PalmPad

Fox News sources say there will be three versions of the PalmPad and they will all run webOS 2.5.1. Yet another version will not be shown at CES, but will be aimed at university students and release in time for the fall semester.

One version will run on Sprint’s 4G network. The PalmPad is rumored to be thinner than the iPad, has a mini-HDMI connector and offer both front/rear facing cameras with LED flashes. The edges are rounded similar to the Amazon Kindle. Outside of the front facing camera and HDMI out, the PalmPad’s specs are similar to the iPad. Morris says the PalmPad (and we’re not sure that’s the name the tablet will ship with) will be available in March of 2011.

Our take: It wouldn’t be surprising to see this device at CES. HP Palm has several challenges they must address if the device is going to be a success.

via Fox News

HP Files for PALMPAD Trademark

In a recent trademark filing, HP is looking to trademark PALMPAD. The categorization is generic, but we know what’s at play here.

Computers, computer hardware, computer software, computer peripherals, portable computers, handheld and mobile computers, PDAs, electronic notepads, mobile digital electronic devices

HP has suspended their Android tablet, there’s no word on the status of Windows 7 Slate, so perhaps it’s all hands on deck for a webOS tablet. Securing the trademark PALMPAD is no guarantee that HP will actually release a product named the PalmPad. HP is likely securing a number of name in the event they decide to go to market with a product called the PalmPad.

We still don’t put much into the original HP Hurricane rumors, but it would be surprising if HP weren’t working on a webOS based tablet. After all, they did purchase Palm for webOS and they are doubling down.

What would you call the mythical webOS powered tablet? Sound off in the comments.

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