HP admits webOS tablet is coming at February 9 event

Hewlett Packard is making no secret of its plans to announce a tablet at a big webOS event it has planned on February 9 in San Francisco. During an appearance on CNBC, HP Personal Systems Group Executive VP Todd Bradley explained that HP is “totally focused on the tablet market, totally focused on enabling that with webOS.”

HP acquired Palm, and by extension Palm’s webOS, last summer, but so far hasn’t made any big announcements about its plans for the operating system. But according to Bradley, HP is planning on running right on to the iPad’s playing field—he notes that the company sees “an enormous opportunity, both for ourselves and for our customers, to get the best web experience, the best content experience that they can.”

As far as tablet capability, it doesn’t sound like HP wants to take its webOS device above and beyond the current conception of what a tablet should do; that is, strictly consuming content. Bradley stressed HP’s position that “tablets are phenomenal for content consumption, PCs… for content creation.”

The event’s tagline (“Think big. Think small. Think beyond.”) suggests that HP will introduce an entire line of new webOS devices, including smartphones and tablets, that will facilitate the connected experience they’re espousing. One of Bradley’s biggest points about webOS was its ability to do “true multitasking,” so the introduction of the Motorola Xoom and the BlackBerry PlayBook, both of which have dual-core processors, may be making HP sweat more than a little.

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