By January 25, 2011

Introducing the HP Topaz WebOS tablet

hp_topaz_leak_1-580x330 has managed to come up with specs for a WebOS tablet ahead of the Feb 9th announcement. The Topaz will be black with both the HP and Palm branding. They also intend to get the Beats audio branding on the device as well, at least in the software and likely on the hardware as well. Finally, they haven’t closed the door on carrier branding for the 3G and 4G versions.

None of this is necessarily final but as of right now it looks like it will have:

  • Dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 at 1.2GHz
  • Integrated Adreno 220 GPU
  • 9.7″ XGA 1024 x 768 screen with Gorilla Glass
  • 190mm x 240mm x 13.7mm
  • 700g / 1.5lb (estimated)
  • 512MB DDR2
  • 16g / 32g / 64g eMMC
  • 1.3mp camera for Video Chat
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Dual-band 802.11 b/g/n
  • Optional WWAN for HSPA, LTE, perhaps CDMA later
  • Accelerometer, eCompass, Gyro, Light Sensor, Microphone
  • 2 integrated speakers with Beats Audio, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Battery life of 24WHr for >8hrs, using two 3150mAh cells

The Topaz will support Touchstone inductive charging – but obviously it won’t work with the current Touchstone. Instead, HP is developing something they were calling "Touchstone v2" that supports additional functionality. That functionality looks to include both Bluetooth for wireless streaming of content and speakers for music.




The tap to share functionality comes via "communication coils" that enable "tap to share" use cases. Here’s what HP has planned for Touchstone v2:

  • Wireless charging similar to what we have now
  • Wireless picture sharing
  • Wireless website sharing
  • Wireless audio streaming via Bluetooth to speaker dock
  • Wireless map and directions
  • Wireless music sharing from Palm smartphone (eg Broadway) to Topaz
  • Wireless contact sharing
  • Wireless printing
  • Wireless video streaming from Touchstone video dock to VGA or HDMI out
  • Wireless video game playing via Touchstone video dock

Posted by Gareth


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