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.
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."
HP VP Todd Bradley has been laying down some teasers for the upcoming February 9 event, telling CNBC that the company has "announced February 9th we have a broad public set of announcements, broadly about the future of webOS and the breadth of products that it’ll enable." While a tablet is not specifically confirmed, Bradley later goes on suggest that HP is "focused" on the tablet market and that HP will show during the event how it plans to differentiate its slate from the iPad.
Everyone's favorite news source FoxNews.com has obtained a spec sheet for a forthcoming PalmTablet today from "a trusted source." They've revealed that HP will introduce three models of a PalmPad at CES at the beginning of 2011, each of them with only minor hardware differences inside. Each of these tablets will run WebOS 2.5.1 and will represent a sort of spin-off of the magical mystical never-saw-daylight HP Slate. Also included in this upcoming series will be a fourth tablet (that won't be seen at CES) but will be "custom made for university students to prove how versatile the machines can be."