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."
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.
An interesting product page has popped up onto the Internet today, featuring a device that looks strikingly similar to a device that's been available for quite some time now (but is no longer). We seem to be looking at a Palm Pre Plus for Verizon, and the specifications for the device listed here do indeed outline the handset in question. However, there's a few key alterations in this product page that have us wondering if a mistake has been made, or if we've caught a glimpse of what we should expect to see at HP's webOS special announcement.