More details emerge about HP's new webOS tablets: Touchpad name, Beats Audio, tons of cloud storage

More details emerge about HP's new webOS tablets: Touchpad name, Beats Audio, tons of cloud storage

Summary: So we already know that HP is planning both a 9-inch and 7-inch tablet based on the webOS it acquired last year from Palm. We know the 7-inch Opal will be released in September, but the 9-inch Topaz may appear as early as March.

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So we already know that HP is planning both a 9-inch and 7-inch tablet based on the webOS it acquired last year from Palm. We know the 7-inch Opal will be released in September, but the 9-inch Topaz may appear as early as March. The leaks are continuing, and more information about HP's tablet PC push is surfacing.

First, the company may be rolling out the name HP Touchpad for these tablets, according to a trademark HP just applied for. It could be a ruse, but it could also point to a webOS future that furthers de-emphasizes its Palm roots.

In addition, Engadget has received more tips about the tablet specs themselves. They will be using the Beat Audio technology HP has been developing, and there could be a Touchstone charging dock that could turn the "Touchpad" into an alarm clock and digital photo frame. Another cool touch -- literally -- is the ability to tap an HP tablet and forthcoming smartphone together to share files.

Finally, HP could be using the cloud in a way that Apple hasn't embraced yet. You'll supposedly be able to wirelessly access your music collection, which may be a result of the "tens of gigabytes" of cloud storage that will be provided buyers. No details on whether this will require any kind of monthly fee, but it may force Google and Apple to speed their own music cloud services to market.

We'll find out more during HP's February 9 event, but what we've heard already, if true, is getting more and more interesting.

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

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  • First tablet having a Wireless Charger?

    Looks like HP-Palm have been working hard at innovation. I think the HP-Palm Topaz looks gorgeous and will surely be a winner.
    anonymous
    • LOL

      @zdnetviewer
      'wireless charger'???, more like a solar panel'
      Linux Geek
      • RE: More details emerge about HP's new webOS tablets: Touchpad name, Beats Audio, tons of cloud storage

        @Linux Geek ...solar panel? Don't think so...you'ld be exposing the tablet screen against the sun for long hours just to recharge? I think HP-Palm will do just fine with the Touchstone charger (wireless charger) following the same success they've done for the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi smartphones.
        anonymous
  • WebOS?

    10" Tablet? 10 gb Cloud? Count me in?
    dalspartan
  • Cloudy

    So what happens when you have no internet connection? You can't listen to your purchased music? Thats weaksauce.
    chitownkix
  • Can't wait

    This is the most exciting prospect since the original iPad. I am not a big HP fan, but wish them all the success for this Palm product.
    jorjitop
  • Oh yes!

    Oh wait, but you can't actually buy one....vaporware people. Just keep on talking up the B.S.
    james347
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