HP TouchPad due in April?

HP TouchPad

HP unveiled its tablet almost two weeks ago but now talk has turned to a possible launch date for the device.

A DigiTimes report, citing HP's upstream component partners as a source, claims the HP TouchPad will start shipping to distributors by the end of March, with a launch date in April.

The TouchPad which has a 9.7in screen, dual-core Qualcomm processor and runs on Palm's webOS was showcased at this month's Mobile World Congress but a Summer launch date was touted by executives.

IT PRO contacted HP to see if the company would confirm the launch but a spokesperson told said HP "does not comment on any speculation or rumours."

Take a look at our video and first look review of the HP TouchPad.

'Precision engineered' laptops

While we wait for HP to take on the tablet market, it has reverted back to a more traditional revenue stream with the launch of a number of new business laptops.

The company claimed the raft of releases were "precision engineered" for durability and reliability and hope to attract corporate uses looking to revamp their laptop line-ups.

The HP EliteBook 8460p and HP EliteBook 8560p weigh 4.56 pounds and 6.10 pounds respectively, with 14in and 15.6in HD LED backlit screens. They come with a choice of either Intel's Core i7 quad-core processor or the Core i7, i5 or i3 dual-core processors, and with three battery sizes depending on business needs.

The HP ProBook 6360b, HP ProBook 6460b and HP ProBook 6560b come with 13.3in, 14in and 15.6in displays respectively but are only available with Intel Core dual-core or Celeron processors. With an optional HD webcam and built-in media card reader, the b-series includes a bottom case drain to protect against spillage.

The HP ProBook 4230s, ProBook 4330s, ProBook 4430s, ProBook 4530s and ProBook 4730s have 12.1in, 13.3in, 14in 15.6in and 17.3in screens and are aimed at both business users and prosumers. As with the b-series, they only offer second generation dual-core or Celeron processors but come with a choice of Power Express Switchable Graphics or Integrated Graphics.

P-series prices start at $999, b-series kick off at $799 and the s-series begin at $579. They will be launching in the US in mid-march but UK launch dates have not been confirmed as yet.

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