What we didn’t foresee was a Android powered tablet from HP, especially since executive VP Todd Bradley stated that HP will be going with WebOS for its smartphones rather than Windows 7 Phone or Android in the future.
But that’s what we’re looking at with the HP eStation Zeen, which has turned up in FCC released images and has been detailed over at Engadget.
The HP Zeen is an e-reader focused tablet that is designed to team up with a new HP printer called the Zeus. The Zeen will, in fact, act as the control panel for the printer – making it easier to print out your eBooks and digital magazine content.
Back in June, Pocket-lint was on hand in New York to see HP release its latest range of web connected printers, which can be operated over email and we’d expect the Zeus to have similar capabilities.
The e-reader aspects will be powered with integration with the Nook book-store, which is powered by Barnes & Noble.
As for the tablet itself, it is an Android 2.1 device at present, with suggestions that it could be packing Froyo before launch, but it will be fully skinned by HP.
It’s got a capacitive touchscreen and buttons, an SD card slot, and it could also be coming with a webcam built in as well.
The report suggests that it will cost $399 over in the US bundled with the Zeus printer, and that you’ll also be able to get a version without the printer as well.