Specs, images of HP/Palm webOS tablets leaked

Specs, images of HP/Palm webOS tablets leaked

Summary: Those HP/Palm webOS tablets are on their way now, and a leaked sneak peek is now circling the Internet.

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Those HP/Palm webOS tablets are on their way now, and a leaked sneak peek is now circling the Internet.

Sent in by a "trusted tipster," Engadget reports that the slate depicted above is the 9-inch Topaz webOS tablet. It will also have a little sibling in the form of the 7-inch Opal. A lot of tech industry followers are calling these images as authentic, with one even dubbing the Topaz as "a tablet-ized version of the Palm Pre."

Some of the spotted specs on this buttonless tablet include a glossy touch screen, a front-facing camera, a trio of built-in speakers scattered on the sides, and a micro USB port on the bottom.

An AT&T LTE version is expected to launch first in July, with AT&T 3G, Verizon LTE and Wi-Fi-only editions set to drop in September. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but we should know more in general on February 9.

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  • Is this really supposed to "shake" iPad?

    8|
    DDERSSS
    • RE: Specs, images of HP/Palm webOS tablets leaked

      @denisrs

      Indeed, why can't somebody "innovate" a 12" screen for a tablet?

      I've liked the iPad when I've used it but if I had a tablet the chances are I'd never take it out of the house, so it'd be nice to have the option of a larger screen.
      OffsideInVancouver
  • Very nice! Finally seeing good low rent tablets coming out

    Apple could learn a lot from this UI.
    NonZealot
    • RE: Specs, images of HP/Palm webOS tablets leaked

      @NonZealot
      Good analisys from a picture........
      DDiGK
    • RE: Specs, images of HP/Palm webOS tablets leaked

      @NonZealot
      Yeah 10 millon ipads later..
      Hasam1991
      • 7.5 million later, They came up a little short of their target

        @Hasam1991
        John Zern
    • RE: Specs, images of HP/Palm webOS tablets leaked

      @NonZealot Yes, September is a great time to release it, months after iPad 2 swamps the market and further cements Apple's stranglehold on the touch pad market.<br><br>You're really out of touch with reality aren't you? I was waiting for HP's offering in the tablet market, but having to wait this long is really not smart considering the speed the market moves.
      Ron Burgundy
  • Yet again, CHOICE brought to you by: Linux

    Regain your freedom. Use Linux products.
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: Specs, images of HP/Palm webOS tablets leaked

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate
      Linux is complicated, good for techies, but not everyone is a techie... besides who wants to buy a laptop loaded with linux, we expect windows 7 loaded.
      Hasam1991
    • Linux does make an excellent mobile platform

      @DTS

      I will certainly give you that. The WebOS was pretty cool, hopefully HP will be able to do something productive with it. We may disagree on the desktop side but Linux gives about the perfect platform for these various companies to build competing mobile devices.
      LiquidLearner
    • Wishful thinking

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate
      Wishful thinking is all I can say. The same was said for the Netbooks that tried Linux. I don't see anything gaining ground on the iPad. Too little too late. I'm sure a percentage will embrace a Android or Web OS but the market is so gobbled up by Apple I'm not sure it will be many.
      jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
  • RE: Specs, images of HP/Palm webOS tablets leaked

    July? September? Oh, My!
    dalspartan
  • September??? that's a joke right?

    oh, my god.. these guys are so @#$%!!

    they better be releasing the SDK/Simulator in February or they might as well just shut it down now and save some money and start producing Android tablets.. what are these guys doing??
    doctorSpoc
    • Ironic you would write this

      @doctorSpoc <br>Considering Apple was late to the MP3 player, smartphone, and tablet markets. That certainly hasn't hurt them in the long run though.

      Had you given Apple the following advice:
      [i]they might as well just shut it down now and save some money and start producing[/i] PlaysForSure MP3 players / Windows Mobile smartphones / Windows tablets, Apple would still be a bit player in the consumer electronics industry!
      NonZealot
      • Not really the same

        @NonZealot
        I'm not ill-wishing HP, but it is different from Apple.
        Apple was not late to the mp3 market (they weren't first) but they got in at the beginning of the wave. and completely dominated it. Likewise, they didn't create the first touch-screen smart-phone or tablet, but they were the first to do it right.
        You can honestly separate all of these devices into 2 categories: pre-Apple and post-Apple; where there is a clear division in the direction the rest of the industry went.

        And as far as this HP tablet goes, Maybe it will do well, but so far it really looks more like just another iPad clone than the "revolutionary device" that will oust Apple as the industry leader everyone else copies.
        Tigertank
      • Wow, you expose your blatant Apple zealotry

        [i]You can honestly separate all of these devices into 2 categories: pre-Apple and post-Apple[/i]

        Proof positive that you guys view Apple as your religion.

        [b]YOU[/b] might separate all these devices into BA and AD (BAE - Before Apple Era and AE - Apple Era) but no one in their right mind would do such a silly thing.

        Apple did not change the MP3 market at all, they simply slapped their logo on the device. There isn't a single substantive difference between the first iPods and the other MP3 players of the time.

        Apple did not change the smartphone market at all. Microsoft and HTC had already combined to create a full screen touch screen smartphone and the released it [b]before[/b] the iPhone.

        Apple's entry into the tablet market is perhaps more defensible since no one had thought of taking a 3.5" PDA and simply blowing it up to 10". Wow! Innovative! Companies like Archos had only gone to 7" before. The real genius was copying Archos but replacing a 7" screen with a 10" screen. As Jobs has admitted, he is constantly stealing ideas from others since he is incapable of coming up with any himself.

        Apple is extremely profitable thanks to their marketing department. End of story.
        NonZealot
      • c'mon man.. this is a me too product...

        @NonZealot... this HP tablet is not a game changer.. it's basically a clone.. it's a nice clone.. but at the end of the day a clone..

        iPods and iTunes put together changed the game.. it was a seamless easy to use system.. MS came out with zune.. zune market place.. me too product.. late to the game.. how did that work out?

        said it below.. you don't unseat an incumbent by selling me too products.. if iPad becomes iconic like iPods did.. you need to come with something completely new.. and there seems to be a complete innovation vacuum of late..
        doctorSpoc
      • You state guesses as fact

        Fact: Apple has dominated a couple markets. Undeniable.

        Now, your theory behind that is that Apple's products offered something new and that the competition is just copying Apple. The timelines simply don't support your theory but that's okay, I won't take away your security blanket.

        My theory is that Apple is the one that constantly comes out with the me too products and simply markets them better. Then, others come out with products that you claim are me too copies of Apple but are actually simply more rungs on the ladder of technological innovation that usually starts with anyone [b]but[/b] Apple.

        You Apple zealots do the equivalent of stating that Snow Leopard is a me too copy of Vista because Snow Leopard came out after Vista (something I'm sure you would vehemently deny).
        NonZealot
      • RE: Specs, images of HP/Palm webOS tablets leaked

        @NonZealot
        [I]Apple did not change the smartphone market at all. Microsoft and HTC had already combined to create a full screen touch screen smartphone and the released it before the iPhone. [/I]
        Really NZ? Were you on crack when you typed this?
        Are we talking about the Windows XP mini-me known as Windows Mobile 6 and the HTC Touch? You want us to believe that iPhone copied that?
        My GF had the unfortunate pleasure of actually purchasing such a ?dud? only to replace it a few months later with the far more functional BlackBerry Pearl.
        You really want us to believe that Apple copied that?
        It?s amazing that some people think Steve Jobs lives in some kind of reality distortion field.
        MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
      • Just giving my opinion.

        @NonZealot

        [i]YOU might separate all these devices into BA and AD (BAE - Before Apple Era and AE - Apple Era) but no one in their right mind would do such a silly thing[/i]

        No one except the rest of the market NZ. I hate to burst your bubble, but no one has been clamoring to copy HTC or any other wannabe company like they do Apple. That's not religion it is what's happening before our eyes. I suggest you open yours.

        [i]Apple did not change the MP3 market at all, they simply slapped their logo on the device. There isn't a single substantive difference between the first iPods and the other MP3 players of the time.[/i]

        This comment makes absolutely no sense from any angle. Apple was the first company to produce an MP3 player that was integrated seamlessly into a media service. It was also widely lauded as having the first elegant and intuitive UI and having beautifully crafted industrial design. thats what made it popular not marketing.

        [i]Apple did not change the smartphone market at all. Microsoft and HTC had already combined to create a full screen touch screen smartphone and the released it before the iPhone.[/i]

        Again (again) Nobody said they were the first with a touch-screen, but they were the first to do it right. They were also the first to offer multi-touch gesturing and the first to integrate a separate application store right into the UI.

        [i]Apple's entry into the tablet market is perhaps more defensible since no one had thought of taking a 3.5" PDA and simply blowing it up to 10". Wow! Innovative! [/i]

        Again NZ, the reason this astonishes you is the reason that Apple is successful and you are not. They did it right. Was HP hounding Archos to make a copy of their product? How many competitors were beating down MS's door to offer full PC slates. It wasn't until Apple stepped in and showed everyone how to make a product successful that people started talking about tablets again.

        That's not marketing NZ. Marketing doesn't make repeat customers or the highest customer satisfaction in the industry and it certainly doesn't make the competition copy every move you make.
        Tigertank