HP's 9.7" Topaz tablet fully detailed, has 1.2GHz SnapdragonBy Matthew DeCarlo 10 comments
HP's recently unearthed Topaz tablet has been fully detailed courtesy of leaked documents published by Pre Central. The webOS-based iPad competitor sports a familiar black color scheme with both HP and Palm branding, and it has an identically sized 9.7-inch 1024x768 multitouch display protected by oleophobic Gorilla Glass. Initial reports of a 1.2GHz processor were accurate as the device is powered by Qualcomm's dual-core MSM8660.
HP has matched the first-gen iPad's storage with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of built-in flash, while the RAM is doubled at 512MB. The Topaz also carries a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, two Beats Audio speakers, as well as 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR connectivity. Optional WWAN for HSPA and LTE are expected with CDMA possible later. Sensors include an accelerometer, eCompass, a 3-axis Gyro for gaming, a light sensor, and a microphone.
The device measures 190 x 240 x 13.7mm, weighs around 1.5lbs, and gets up to eight hours of life. About the battery, apparently the Topaz will support an updated version of the Touchstone inductive charging technology that Palm introduced with its smartphones. "Touchstone v2" offers additional "tap to share" functionality that supports wireless picture, music, contact and website sharing, audio and video streaming, printing and more.
The Topaz will be backed by various cloud services, including HP Cloud Drive, Cloud Canvas, as well as Snapfish for photos, Melodeo (and possibly Rhapsody) for music, and BLIO for ereading. Adobe Flash support is said to be a high priority as it's a key differentiator between Apple's products. Rumors suggest that HP plans to ship its webOS slate sometime in early to mid-2011, with an initial sales target between 400,000 and 1.5 million units.