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HP/Palm tablets “Opal” and “Topaz,” plus HP stabs at Engadget

January 19, 2011 Leave a comment


A trusted source sent the rendered images above into Engadget. The model seen is the 9-inch Topaz, one of two tablets that will be coming out in 2011. The other is a 7-inch little brother that includes the same feature set, codenamed Opal. Both models include a no-button design, a front-facing camera, a micro USB port and what they call a “Vizio Tablet-style” 3-speaker system. Engadget also noted that the back appears to be glossy, so the possibility of a Touchstone charger is not likely. Apparently units will begin arriving at Palm HQ in June that line up with an internal marketing slide that they were also given that lists WiFi-only, AT&T 3G, and Verizon LTE versions of the Opal arriving in September 2011, and on AT&T LTE in July 2012. The Opal is said to have more of an e-reader emphasis as well as “premium audio” which pertains to the 3-speaker system. Unfortunately for Engadget, they didn’t receive any word on pricing or specs. This tablet needs to pack a serious punch for cheap if it’s being released neck and neck with the Playbook, iPad2 and the Xoom.

Oh, and there’s this. It made me laugh. Can’t wait to see what else HP has in store for their press release if it had nothing to do with the tablets.

HP/Palm tablets "Opal" and "Topaz," plus HP stabs at Engadget

January 19, 2011 Leave a comment


A trusted source sent the rendered images above into Engadget. The model seen is the 9-inch Topaz, one of two tablets that will be coming out in 2011. The other is a 7-inch little brother that includes the same feature set, codenamed Opal. Both models include a no-button design, a front-facing camera, a micro USB port and what they call a “Vizio Tablet-style” 3-speaker system. Engadget also noted that the back appears to be glossy, so the possibility of a Touchstone charger is not likely. Apparently units will begin arriving at Palm HQ in June that line up with an internal marketing slide that they were also given that lists WiFi-only, AT&T 3G, and Verizon LTE versions of the Opal arriving in September 2011, and on AT&T LTE in July 2012. The Opal is said to have more of an e-reader emphasis as well as “premium audio” which pertains to the 3-speaker system. Unfortunately for Engadget, they didn’t receive any word on pricing or specs. This tablet needs to pack a serious punch for cheap if it’s being released neck and neck with the Playbook, iPad2 and the Xoom.

Oh, and there’s this. It made me laugh. Can’t wait to see what else HP has in store for their press release if it had nothing to do with the tablets.

HP announces webOS press release

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment


Engadget just received an invitation via email to an HP press release in San Francisco on February 9th. Speculation concludes that it must be to announce “the world’s smallest smartphone” that they have said to have been in the works, their new tablet (the fabled PalmPad?) – a successor to the HP Slate that some may say never existed, as well as to discuss the future of webOS. Engadget points out that the word “Palm” wasn’t mentioned anywhere. Hmmm… I guess the world will know on February 9th.

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