On February 9, HP is going to unveil new devices running webOS, the mobile operating system developed by Palm, which HP acquired last year. And as we get closer to that date, we get more and more details on HP’s upcoming tablet range. At this point, it’s quite clear that there will be two tablets in this line, the Topaz and the Opal – the former being the bigger one, the latter the smaller.
Comprehensive information about the specs of the Topaz has now leaked on PreCentral.
The Topaz will have both HP and Palm branding. It’s also possible that it will get Beats branding, a mark oft used by HP to signify HQ audio onboard its devices. And if you add in the possible carrier branding, this will be one device having no shortage of logos on it.
That aside, the Topaz will come in a Wi-Fi-only version, as well as 3G and 4G versions. All of these will have:
- a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor
- built-in Adreno 220 graphics with support for Open GL ES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 acceleration, and 1080p video
- 512 MB of DDR2 RAM
- 9.7-inch 1024×768 touchscreen with oleophobic, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass
- 16, 32, or 64 GB of internal storage space
- a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat
- Bluetooth 2.1
- dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, light sensor, microphone, two integrated speakers
- a 3.5 mm headset jack
- a 24 WHr battery (2×3150 mAh) for more than 8 hours of usage
- three buttons: power, volume up, and volume down
- Touchstone inductive charging
- cloud integration
- Dimensions: 190x240x13.7 mm
- estimated weight: 700 g (1.5 lb)
The HSPA-enabled version will have support for quad-band GSM, and tri-band HSPA – 850/1900/2100. The Topaz will use a full size SIM card, accessible via a pop-out tray.
There will also be a version with LTE support.
The Topaz models to have mobile data capabilities will also have an integrated GPS, whereas the Wi-Fi-only version will not. Also on these models, there will be full support for text messaging.
NFC will not be supported by the Topaz. USB host functionality (a la Nokia’s USB on the go) that will allow you to plug various devices into the Topaz via USB may also be coming, but its fate isn’t clear at the moment. Flash support will be on board, yet it’s not clear if the tablet will also run Adobe AIR apps.
The HP Palm Topaz will be sold only in black, and will have the webOS notification light. It will also sport Touchstone technology, but the second generation of it. So the Topaz will be able to charge wirelessly. Also, the new Touchstone v2 allows for wireless picture sharing, website sharing, wireless map and directions, music sharing, contact sharing, printing, video streaming and video playing.
How most of those will work isn’t very clear right now, but HP will surely demo these a lot before the tablet becomes available in stores. There will also be cloud integration, for photos, music, and storage, as well as “HP Cloud Canvas” which is an unknown feature as of yet.
We’ll keep you posted on future developments. Keep in mind that all this information is based on some documents detailing HP’s plans from last year, and the details are not final. Things may have changed from when these documents were created up until today. Of course, on February 9, we’ll know everything for sure.
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