First images and specs of two HP webOS tablets leaked online -- 9-inch Topaz, 7-inch Opal

First images and specs of two HP webOS tablets leaked online -- 9-inch Topaz, 7-inch Opal

Summary: I'm still skeptical about HP being able to create a runaway success with tablets based on Palm's webOS, but if the photos leaked to Engadget from "a trusted tipster" are accurate, it's definitely designed a sexy slate -- or, apparently, pair of slates.That's because HP has a 9-inch tablet (code-named Topaz) and a 7-inch model (Opal) in the works, according to the roll-out details also passed along.

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I'm still skeptical about HP being able to create a runaway success with tablets based on Palm's webOS, but if the photos leaked to Engadget from "a trusted tipster" are accurate, it's definitely designed a sexy slate -- or, apparently, pair of slates.

That's because HP has a 9-inch tablet (code-named Topaz) and a 7-inch model (Opal) in the works, according to the roll-out details also passed along. The images suggest there's a front-facing camera, a micro USB port, three speakers -- and a lack of buttons on the front. Engadget was also informed they use 1.2GHz processors, though more details (manufacturer, etc.) weren't provided.

Here's one issue for these tablets: a release timeline. It appears that the Opal won't arrive until September, though the Topaz may come earlier. That's just way too much time to let Android tablets flood the market, along with RIM's PlayBook and an iPad 2. Perhaps there'll be better news when HP officially (and presumably) rolls these out on February 9.

In the meantime, what do you think? Does this change your opinion of the webOS tablets in either way? Let us know in the Comments section.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • September???

    they better be releasing an SDK/Simulator on Feb 9th or they might as well just shut this down now..

    unless that is they have something really amazing that's just going to knock our sock off.. something we haven't see so far.. but i highly doubt that..
    doctorSpoc
  • Why wouldn't I want this?

    It's simple. I love webOS and I have a lot invested in the ecosystem. It would be awesome to use these to do some of the things that are awkward on the Pre's little screen (eBook reading, movie watching, etc). The Pre has a great form factor when you're on the go, but sometimes more really is better.

    As to HP's competitors, they don't provide me with real multitasking, a standard, reliable user-interface from unit to unit, a vetted (but reasonable) app market (excluding Amazon, anyway). And I'm not crazy about the problems I'm hearing about Android (I've got two friends with Android phones who can't get Angry Birds to run right)...
    BobAtPit
    • the problem is that there are very few people like yourself..

      @BobAtPit the Pre was a failure.. remember?? Palms was closed down and sold to HP..

      [i]"and I have a lot invested in the ecosystem"[/i]
      doctorSpoc
      • RE: First images and specs of two HP webOS tablets leaked online -- 9-inch Topaz, 7-inch Opal

        @doctorSpoc Well, Doc, a failure to anyone who doesn't use a Palm Pre or Pixi. With only a few exceptions, I have all the apps I need and they're a pleasure to use. And do you honestly think I would take time out of my busy schedule to post here if I didn't think it was worth defending Palm? Yes, my investment has something to do with my decision to stick with Palm, but that's only a small part of it. I LOVE this platform and I'm not impressed by what Apple or Google has to offer (except the speedier hardware, which I will grant is pretty nice)...
        BobAtPit
      • RE: First images and specs of two HP webOS tablets leaked online -- 9-inch Topaz, 7-inch Opal

        @BobAtPit i really like WebOS as well.. i'm a UI designer and even though i'm strictly an iOS user (i've bought into that eccosystem) webOS is my favourite mobile OS... i hate the hardware though.. OMG i think it's crap.. HP will remedy that though i'm sure.. and the eccosystem is weak and anemic.. a good or great OS is just not enough in this environment.. HP needs to make some strategic alliances.. amazon maybe.. the cat and mouse thing with apple, trying to latch onto Apple's iTunes eccosystem and the like was just kind of pathetic.. why didn't they or don't they just build their own damn client? just point it to the iTunes library.. i never got that.. that was pretty bad.. but like i said i too really like WebOS and think it's well suited to a tablet.. but HP has a TONNE of work to do.. a great OS is just not enough..
        doctorSpoc
  • Looks horrible...

    ...instant FAIL.
    james347
    • RE: First images and specs of two HP webOS tablets leaked online -- 9-inch Topaz, 7-inch Opal

      @james347 Why because it's not Apple?
      statuskwo5
  • Yeah.... no. No thanks I'll pass on webos. But the hw looks

    nice. I'd definately buy it if it ran windows...
    Johnny Vegas
    • RE: First images and specs of two HP webOS tablets leaked online -- 9-inch Topaz, 7-inch Opal

      @Johnny Vegas as with the iPad you fail to grasp that you are not the target market for this product. Windows has proven a failure in the tablet niche. Windows has had a decade to hone its tablet skill set. It has had the blessing and backing of St. Bill. Yet, iPad sold more tablets in the first month of production than all Windows tablets sold in a decade.
      There have been plenty of opportunity for you to buy a Windows based tablet but they remain on the shelves for that very reason. Windows is a keyboard/mouse centric OS and a battery sink hole.
      At least Palm's WebOS has emerged from a long history of being a touch based system. It has the pedigree to succeed, but we'll see if HP has the muscle to get it to market and compete.
      Apple took the industry by total surprise last year with the iPad. The techogencia kept their eye firmly on Windows based tablets and Apple simply changed the paradigm by marketing to Mom, Uncle Ed, GrandMa, and that guy who never touched a computer before but wanted to surf the web.
      Bluntly, Apple doesn't give a rat's petutie about whether a geek wants three USB ports and a card slot. Apple doesn't care if you want to crack the case and wander about the innards with your soldering iron so you can step up the clock cycles on the ARM CPU.
      The key to Apple's tablet success, and frankly its overall success can be found in one of Jobs' early quotes: "I think a computer should be like a toaster. Ubiquitous." I can safely posit that he has achieved that.
      dheady@...
    • RE: First images and specs of two HP webOS tablets leaked online -- 9-inch Topaz, 7-inch Opal

      @Johnny Vegas

      If you really NEED to run Windows on the tablet, you can always use a RDP client on the tablet and ThinServer software on the PC

      http://www.aikotech.com/thinserver.htm
      Jen8
  • All Vapor...

    ...no product.
    james347