HP Slate To Be Called PalmPad?

Most of you would know, and possibly awaiting, the new tablet PC from the stables of Hewlett Packard. So far, we have only heard it being referenced plainly as the HP Slate. However, it now appears that the company may be looking at calling the new webOS tablet as the PalmPad.

Folks at PreCentral have dug out information from the USPTO files that reveals that the computer manufacturer has filed for the trademark for “PalmPad“. Describing the product, the applicants write,

Computers, computer hardware, computer software, computer peripherals, portable computers, handheld and mobile computers, PDAs, electronic notepads, mobile digital electronic devices”

The upcoming HP PalmPad (or Slate) has been frequently in the news of late. Earlier this month, there were reports that Hewlett Packard may have tabled their plans to launch multi-platform tablet devices and may have instead chosen to go ahead with a WebOS based tablet alone. While these rumors are yet to be confirmed, the latest trademark filing just gives us hope that we may be nearing the launch date pretty soon.