There has been scores of rumours and speculation about the latest in tablets from HP. HP seems to be working on two platforms at the same time. The IT giant is designing a windows 7 based tablet Slate which was unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer at CES earlier this year. HP is also developing a webOS based tablet through the former Palm brand it acquired recently. It was rumoured that HP was planning to call the webOS based tablet Hurricane, but with the filing of patent for PALMPAD, it is clear that this will be the name under which HP will launch its webOS based tablet.

Slate to hit the market by this fall!

To all those people who had been waiting for an alternative to the market leader iPad, will have to wait a little longer. HP’s slate, a windows 7 based tablet, with 1.6 GHz processor and 1 GB RAM will not be available in the markets till October, nearly ten months after it was first unveiled at the CES.

Squashing rumours of the project folding up, Todd Bradley Executive VP HP mentioned that the Slate was on schedule and should be out by this fall. The HP’s strategy this time will be focus more on enterprise edition the personal, he added.

HP is working on webOS based tablet PALMPAD.

Joining voices with him, Jon Rubinstein head of HP’s mobile team said that HP is also working on the new Palmpad, a webOS based platform.Efforts were on way to develop and test this platform of smartphones, tablets and webbooks. HP had initially named this project as Hurricane, however HP has recently filed a Patent for PALMPAD, so I guess this is what HP will call the new webOS based tablet.  Though he did not give a specific time frame to the launch of Slate, he still toed the line taken by Executive VP Bradley.

On the purported problems with webOS Rubinstein said that both adobe and flash were testing the Flash player 10.1 and he said that update for webOS 2.0 will be available before Dec.

Bradley also downplayed the fact that HP by moving to a webOS based platform has dealt a blow to Microsoft, which has already been left out by ASUS for its key Eee Pad. He expressed the opinion that there should be no fallout of this development and he expressed the hope that HP and Microsoft could still work synergistically in some sectors while directly competing in others. This sentiment was echoed by Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer.

Bradley also sought the address concerns about too many operating systems. We already have the windows OS, palm, symbian, android, and now the webOS. He said the number of operating system in the market is of no issue as long as long as market demands were met. He also added that what matter more than the platform was how the application were executed on the OS.

The latter half of this year could see market leaders facing serious competition as and when these tablets are launched. We will have to wait and see if these new tablets will live up to their expectation.