7-inch HP Opal tablet may launch in August
Jun24

7-inch HP Opal tablet may launch in August

Back in January we first heard some leaked tidbits about HP’s plans in the tablet space. And what we heard back then was that HP was working on two webOS-powered tablets. In the meantime, of course, one of those turned out to be the TouchPad, previously known by its codename Topaz. Yet alongside the Topaz HP was reportedly working on the Opal, a 7-inch tablet with 1024×768 resolution and dimensions close to those of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab (also a 7-inch device). While HP has managed to stay silent on the matter, today new information comes to confirm the Opal’s existence. Taiwan Economic News reports that, according to a subcontractor, Inventec Corp., a major Taiwan-based contract manufacturer of computers, will make tablets for HP. Orders for the TouchPad are expected to be in the 400,000-450,000 per month range, which is nothing spectacular. What’s more interesting though is that according to the same source HP will launch a 7-inch tablet in August. Now since HP is Inventec’s largest buyer of notebooks, the above certainly seems very plausible. After all, it wouldn’t be something out of the ordinary if HP chose one of its trusted suppliers from another industry (notebooks) to supply its tablets as well. Also, since the TouchPad turned out to be real, we have no reason to doubt the accuracy of the information we got in January regarding the 7-inch tablet with the codename Opal. With each month that goes by, the tablet market is getting more and more crowded. Let’s see if HP really has another offering up its sleeves, and how well it will do if it’s...

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Two Inventec UMPCs – 7-A and 5-D get IF Design Award
Jan16

Two Inventec UMPCs – 7-A and 5-D get IF Design Award

While Inventec has been known to be working on a UMPC/MID devices, not much info has been available about them. Some Inventec UMPC/MIDs appeared in Intel Menlow platform presentation slides, there were also some pictures of Inventec Mobile Internet Device from this year CES. Well, now I can confirm that Inventec indeed has two UMPCs/MIDs in the works. I’m not sure whether it’s their sales name (doesn’t sound like it), but they are currently called Inventec UMPC 7-A and UMPC 5-D. Both of them participated in IF Product Design Award 2008 competition and received the awards. And, according to the competition rules, they should “go into mass production” this year. Inventec UMPC 7-A has a slider QWERTY keyboard and differentiates itself via curved design, “…which forms an angle between LCD and table, provides a better view… allows a bigger degree when the LCD is shifted by the user, and also lets the keyboard to be naturally placed in a slanted way”: Inventec UMPC 5-D focuses on modular design and comes with an interesting docking station and a set of appliances: No info on Inventec MID/UMPC specs so far. But Inventec is a member of Intel Mobile Internet Device Innovation Alliance and already had a working prototype at IDF San Francisco in September. And they are showing Windows Vista So, I think it’s safe to say, that both Inventec UMPC 5-D and UMPC 7-A will be running on Intel Menlow platform, with 45-nm 800 MHz-1.33 GHz Silverthone CPU, Poulsbo US15 chipset, 1-2 GB of RAM and 30-60 GB...

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