Hewlett-Packard has passed around invitations to a WebOS event Feb. 9 that appears to mean the introduction of its tablet is finally imminent. That said, don't expect to see any hints of an HP tablet at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
More exactly, tablets may be the case at the event next month. The invitation for the media event reads: "Think big. Think small. Think beyond." Will HP have two sizes to show off? Three? All that's known for now is that the PC maker, which first announced plans to purchase Palm and its popular WebOS in April 2010, has for some time been working on a tablet running an updated version of the operating system.
Jon Rubinstein, the former Apple employee who became CEO of Palm after spearheading the Palm Pre and WebOS, and who's now in charge of Palm within HP, has promised an early 2011 launch of the tablet (tablets!), but has revealed little more.
In mid-December, BMO Capital Markets analyst Keith Bachman, after a trip through Asia, told analysts on a call that the HP tablet would arrive in March, and it appears he was right.