HP/Palm has made the “Super Device Countdown” app available, give you a screen with a countdown clock, webOS in the background, and HP logos bouncing all over the screen. The clock is ticking down to a mysterious February 9th event that HP/Palm is calling “Think Big. Think Small. Think Beyond.”
Further details on HP's Topaz webOS tablet have emerged, detailing the specifications of the 9.7-inch XGA slate we're expecting to hear about at the event on February 9. According to documents finding their way to PreCentral - and which date back to sometime in 2010 - Topaz will use Qualcomm's dual-core 1.2GHz MSM8660 CPU with Adreno 220 graphics, together with dual-band WiFi b/g/n, optional HSPA and, eventually, LTE and CDMA, and a battery good for over 8hrs. More interesting, though, is the Touchstone v2 dock.
With all this talk about HP and Palm's upcoming tablets, perhaps it's just a coincidence that the company has officially filed for a new trademark that, for all intents and purposes, screams out "tablet." At the moment, it's impossible to say whether or not HP plans on using their recently filed for Touchpad name for anything at all, let alone a tablet. But, tablets are mentioned in the filing, if that's any sizable indicator.
Looks like the details regarding HP's webOS-based tablets aren't staying secret, even as the company's official announcement looms closer (of which they were nice enough to remind us about). Engadget's unnamed sources have come through yet again, detailing some of the design elements of the upcoming pair of tablets.
The first shipments of HP's initial webOS tablet will begin in March 2011, though it's unlikely to reach consumers straight away, according to the latest whispers out of Taipei. DigiTimes' sources claim Inventec will begin ODM production of the first webOS slate at the end of Q3 2011, whereupon it will head to HP for software testing.
Oh snap. Today, as you might have seen, there was a bit of a break with the HP Topaz and Opal webOS Tablets, of which the renders break credit goes to Engadget. Well HP and Palm saw that. They read blogs, imagine that. They decided that the release of the tablet image might have deterred some people from coming to the event, so they sent out another invite, this one without bothering to BCC the list of emails it was sent to! Odd play indeed.
HP has an announcement to make regarding webOS on February 9th. The tagline "Something big, Something small, Something beyond" had many people trying to guess what the company had to show off, with plenty of fingers being pointed at a tablet device. HP and Palm haven't been coy with their tablet talk, though, and have confirmed that a tablet device is on its way featuring Palm's webOS mobile Operating System (OS). As many high-profile devices generally do, it seems that at least one of the tablet devices has found its way into the Internet, in internal render form, well before the official unveiling of the device.
HP has suggested that webOS-based netbooks may be in the pipeline, along with smartphones and tablets. According to a webOS carrier training site, HP's master plan for the Palm-sourced platform is a single OS running on phone, slate and netbook, which "all talked to each other and shared information."
Every CES has its unofficial theme - we've seen netbooks and ereaders flood the booths in previous years - and 2011 was the turn of tablets. As predicted before the show, the rise of the iPad, the imminent release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb and the promise of a new, lucrative segment has worked like catnip to manufacturers large and small. Check out the SlashGear CES 2011 tablet roundup after the cut.