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    HI all, Herei s a little more info on the new mystery HP device, (and I do mean a little extra info).

    Take care,

    Jay

    lFCC Filing Offers Bit of Detail on Mystery HP Device
    Agam Shah, IDG News, Aug 6, 2010 5:10 pm

    FCC Filing Offers Bit of Detail on Mystery HP Device - PCWorld

    Details about a new portable device from Hewlett-Packard emerged on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's Web site on Thursday, intensifying speculation about HP's plans for tablets and mobile devices.

    The product, called the eStation Zeen, is described as a portable device with 802.11b/g/n wireless networking capabilities, according to an FCC filing on August 5. Further information on the device was not revealed due to a confidentiality agreement.

    The documents were discovered by Engadget, which also said it had received tips that the device may be a printer-friendly e-reader or tablet based on Google's Android OS.

    The company has listed eStation all-in-one printers on its Web site, though they aren't officially available yet.

    The FCC document doesn't say much, but the device could be a tablet-like product with strong printer integration, analysts said.

    HP has been putting a lot of effort into developing tablet-like devices, and may be looking to bring mobile devices and printers together, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. Printing from handheld devices could be difficult, and HP printers have traditionally been more aligned to PCs, he said.

    By integrating the printer, HP could offer a tablet with stronger printing capabilities than Apple's iPad. That could make it easier to print pages from e-books, for example, King said.

    The device could be tied to HP's plans to incorporate printing-by-e-mail capabilities, said Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies. The company wants to give each printer its own e-mail address, and a document would be printed when sent to a printer's e-mail address. That capability should remove the need of drivers for printers, and make it easier for mobile devices to print documents.

    The Zeen may also be one of the first portable devices based on WebOS, a mobile OS that HP acquired when it bought Palm earlier this year for US$1.2 billion, Kay said.

    HP has said it wants to make tablets, printers and other Web-connected devices based on the WebOS. The company has already applied to trademark the term PalmPad, which could be used for a tablet based on WebOS.

    It is also possible that the device will be based on the Android OS, which already has traction in the tablet space, King said. HP offers the Android OS in a low-cost Compaq AirLife laptop, which is sold only in certain countries in Europe.

    HP has also said it wants to put Windows 7 on enterprise tablets.

    Zeen's surprise entry adds another layer of mystery to HP's plans of selling tablets with multiple operating systems, analysts said. It might take some effort to explain differences between the devices to customers.

    "You have to be able to explain to customers the subtle or specific benefits of the products. That's a process and exercise that HP is used to as it supports Windows and Linux on the desktops and multiple operating systems in the server world," King said.
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    Hi all,

    Nothing like conflicting info to make us all confused. Here are two more articles, just to make you all as crazy as I am!

    Take care,

    Jay

    ARTICLE ONE:

    HP eStation Zeen hits FCC, spurs webOS/Win7 tablet speculation [Updated]
    By Chris Davies on Thursday, Aug 5th 2010


    HP eStation Zeen hits FCC, spurs webOS/Win7 tablet speculation [Updated] - SlashGear

    HP looks to be flexing their Zeen trademark, with a new FCC filing being spotted for what looks to be a tablet-style device listed as the HP eStation Zeen. Thanks to a confidentiality clause that doesn’t lift until the end of 2010 we don’t know any more details beyond the WiFi b/g/n connectivity, but it’s not entirely outlandish to presume that this is either HP’s webOS tablet or their Windows 7 slate.

    Last we heard, HP had quietly put up a sparsely-detailed product page for the HP Slate 500, running Windows 7 and seemingly enterprise focused, while a trademark for the PALMPAD had been spotted leading to speculation that it’s the production name for the webOS version. The company has been coy on its overall tablet strategy, refusing to be drawn on which OS it plans to concentrate on moving forward.

    So, the HP eStation Zeen CQ720A could be either a webOS or Windows 7 slate, or it could be something entirely different. Their ill-fated DreamScreen – a wireless-connected digital photo frame from back in 2009 – could be getting a resurrection of sorts: the original Zeen trademark was described as for a “portable handheld device”, so this could even be a new, 5 to 9-inch MID/tablet.

    Update: Looks like our uncertainty may be founded; since spotting the FCC filing, Engadget has apparently received numerous tips claiming the eStation Zeen is an Android-based ebook-centric tablet that can be docked with a printer. Once docked, it then acts as the printer’s interface. How that fits into HP’s plans to focus on webOS is unclear, but some tipsters have said the prototypes they’ve seen are “extremely unpolished” with poor battery life and brick-like ergonomics.

    ARTICLE TWO:

    HP Zeen will be an Android e-reader tablet with native printing support
    Aug. 6, 2010 (7:47 am) By: John Brownlee

    HP Zeen will be an Android e-reader tablet with native printing support – New Tech Gadgets & Electronic Devices | Geek.com

    Ever since HP bought Palm, we’ve been eagerly anticipating a new webOS tablet to challenge the iPad.

    Well, HP’s got a tablet coming soon, according to some recently leaked FCC Images. It’s called the HP Zeen, but it’s not the webOS tablet we were all hoping for: instead, it’s an Android tablet and, as the name implies (‘Zine = Zeen), it’s focused on e-reading.

    Engadget’s gleaned some details from a constabulary of tipsters, and this device looks good. The Zeen is a capacitive tablet running a custom HP skin on top of Android 2.1, featuring capacitive touch buttons, an SD card slot for expandable storage, video playback support and — potentially — a front-facing webcam for video chat.

    E-Reading is the major focus, and so HP has partnered with Barnes & Noble to take integrate the Nook e-bookstore.

    But what’s really cool about the Zeen is it supports native printing to HP WiFi printers

    from the device itself. What that means is that if you buy an e-book on your Zeen, you can easily print out a physical copy of it.


    Very neat. Best of all is the price: it will cost just $399 in a bundle with a new printer called the Zeus. Wow. This is one device I can’t wait to see in the wild.
    Please Support Research into Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Spinal Injuries. If You Suffer from These, Consider Joining or Better Yet Forming a Support Group. No One Should Suffer from the Burden of Chronic Pain, Jay M. S. Founder, Leesburg Fibromyalgia/Resources Group
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    More echos and uninformed opinions about the same article from the blogosphere.
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    Hi you are right...the more we read on this on, the less we know! take care,

    Jay
    Please Support Research into Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Spinal Injuries. If You Suffer from These, Consider Joining or Better Yet Forming a Support Group. No One Should Suffer from the Burden of Chronic Pain, Jay M. S. Founder, Leesburg Fibromyalgia/Resources Group
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