HP has made no secret of its plans to release a multitude of devices running the webOS operating system. And today it’s given fresh credence to that ambition with three more trademark filings that could be potential names for future slates.
'Touchslate', 'Duopad' and 'Touchcanvas' are the latest additions to the more widely known PalmPad trademark filed by HP not long after it acquired smartphone maker Palm last summer.
We already know that the computers giant has at least two tablets, Topaz and Opal, in the works, which are expected to be unveiled at a special event it is hosting a week before next month’s Mobile World Congress. The new trademark applications would suggest that there’s still more to come. Although it’s possible that they are simply candidates for possible names that the Topaz and Opal might bear when they finally hit the market.
Touchslate and Touchcanvas don’t give much clue as to what they may be intended for other than the obvious. However, Duopad may well hint at a possible dual screen tablet/notebook, which would certainly appeal to the laptop crowd.
We are speculating of course. There’s a high chance HP may never even use the trademarks for anything. We are still holding out for the PalmPad though, as it would be a shame if HP were to scrap the Palm name, which looks conspicuously absent in recently leaked shots of what is arguably the first webOS tablet.
We’ll find out for sure when HP is ready to make the announcements on February 9th, so watch this space.
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