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You know how Apple’s answer to the netbook phenomenon is supposed to be a touchscreen, internet-connected tablet device? It’s starting to look like Apple might be the last company to introduce of those. Toshiba, TechCrunch, and now HP have all introduced relatively affordable internet tablets. Of course, the HP version looks more like a souped up digital picture frame than a portable tablet, but the new HP DreamScreen is a touchscreen tablet with a remote control that can used throughout the house to stream content from your home network, removable storage cards, or internal storage.

The DreamScreen will come in two size. One model will have a 10.2 inch display and sell for around $249, while a larger version will have a 13.3 inch display and $299 price tag.

Both models will include WiFi, Ethernet, 2GB of built in storage and a media card reader. They feature software for watching videos and visiting web destinations including Pandora, Snapfish, and Facebook. There’s also a new HP SmartRadio feature that lets you connect to about 15,000 internet radio stations from across the globe. They can be sorted by genre or location.

While the DreamScreen 100 has a 10.2 inch display and the DreamScreen 130 has a 13.3 inch screen, both models have 800 x 480 pixel display resolutions, which seems a bit low to me. Both devices also include Ethernet, 8021.11b/g WiFi, and support for MPEG 1,2, 4, and H.264 video as well as JPG, PNG, and BMP images and MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV audio. They can handle a number of flash card formats including CF, SDHC, Memory Stick, and xD.

There’s no mention of a battery in the spec sheet, but I can’t tell if that’s because the DreamScreen is meant to be plugged in and used at home or if the battery specs simply aren’t available yet. A peek at the back of the unit really does make me think that the DreamScreen is more of a overpowered picture frame than a portable tablet though.

Update: The DreamScreen 100 is available for $249.99 from HP, Amazon, or Best Buy, and the 13 inch DreamScreen 130 is available from HP or Amazon for $299.99.

Update 2: Xavier from GottaBeMobile got to spend some hands-on time with a DreamScreen. You can check out the video after the break. The user interface is pretty slick. But it still comes acros as a consumer electronics device rather than a computer. In other words, I have no idea how difficult it would be to update the software unless HP sends out updates or new features.

One more update: As you can see in the video, the DreamScreen can be controlled with a remote or by hitting some buttons on the frame. The display isn’t a touchscreen.

There are also more images after the break.

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10 replies on “HP introduces DreamScreen internet tablets”

  1. Without a touchscreen, it’s not a tablet either. It’s just an souped-up overpriced picture frame with a Wi-Fi connection. Sorry, HP, but this is a fail!

  2. It’s actually not a touchscreen, remote only. I found the user guide last week on HP’s site (https://search.hp.com/query.html?qt=dreamscreen) but they’ve since pulled it down. They made no mention of touching to do any action on the device, just using the remote.

    When I first saw it I was super psyched, but after seeing it’s nothing more than a glorified picture frame I’m very disappointed.

    1. That is SO stupid. That thing looks sick (in a good way), and even if it just had and Atom N270, a Linux destro, and a 1080 x 600 touchscreen it would be a hot device. If you are right, it IS a damn picture frame…just with moving pictures.

      HP is out of its mind! Even if this was thought up a just a video tablet they should have though “Wait, everyone else (and Apple) will have a tablet-computer out soon. Let’s, just slow down and take what we have here and see if we can make a touch screen computer that looks slick & sexy.”

    1. You guys know as much as I do at the moment. I’ve added links to the
      HP product pages. There’s mention in the footnotes of battery life,
      but no actual mention of a battery in the item listing. And no word on
      the OS.

  3. Need more details. If it doesn’t have a battery it’s of no interest. And what technology is the touch screen? How good is the web browser? Does it support an SD card slot? What about Flash video playback?

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