According to reports HP has trademarked the word Palmpad, which seems to be a clear indicator of the direction it plans to go in following its recent buyout of Palm.
HP is yet to go on record and officially release details on what it’s got planned but the trademark small print reveals: "Computers, computer hardware, computer software, computer peripherals, portable computers, handheld and mobile computers, PDAs, electronic notepads, mobile digital electronic devices."
Word of HP slate devices are also beginning to seep out of the company’s website.
According to this description, “No matter where you are or what kind of fun you’re in the mood for, the HP Slate 500 is all you need. Exclusive HP software gives you access to photos, videos and everything on the Internet with just a touch, while Windows 7 Premium gives you the power to do what you want.
“The unique design and 22.6 cm (8.9") screen put the full Internet in your hands, while two cameras (video and still) let you capture life as it happens or participate in web conferencing. Adjust the screen orientation to fit your content and use the pen to write or draw as if on a piece of paper. Whatever you want to do, the HP Slate 500 helps you do it – and makes it more fun too.”
Sounds like plans are well underway to take the fight to Apple.