Palm WebOS Tablet? Why not? In fact, why not soon?!

May 23, 2009

My mind is racing with thoughts on potential specs for a Palm tablet running WebOS. The seemingly endless speculation about what an Apple tablet might be like (including my own) has prevented me and apparently most every geek like me from speculating much about Palm possibly beating Apple to the punch on this?

What are the specs currently being thought juggled in my brain? A 5 inch OLED 800×480 OQO style qwerty slider (but thinner and with same “riverstone” feel as the Pre) WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth (3.0?), 3.5 mm headset jack, and 8-12 hours of battery life. Since WebOS apparently scales to different resolutions without any effort on the part of developers to accommodate the change, all currently developed apps for the Pre would immediately work on this tablet?
John Rubenstein is speaking at next week’s “All Things D” conference where just 2 years ago (it seems like so much longer) a doomed product named the Folio was introduced. Shortly thereafter Palm began quickly making its descent towards bottom, eventually canceling the Folio to better focus on the development of their next mobile OS. Though it’s extremely unlikely Rubenstein will do anything other than hype the soon to be preorderable Pre, it would make for some serious poetic justice if the spiritual successor to the Folio were revealed too…..

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