According to a purported roadmap image obtained by PreCentral, HP will introduce a new 64GB version of its TouchPad this August alongside a 4G model on AT&T. The 64GB model will apparently offer a “glossy white” finish and could come equipped with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that’s clocked at 1.5GHz. AT&T’s 4G TouchPad is expected to come in a black finish and will offer support for the carrier’s HSPA+ network, but will maintain the 32GB capacity of the Wi-Fi model that launched last week. While early reports suggested that HP’s new 7-inch TouchPad, codenamed “Opal,” would launch in August, PreCentral says the tablet is expected to launch in the fall instead. More →
Several newly uncovered trademark filings could indicate possible names for HP’s upcoming webOS tablets. The trademark filings, which were revealed today, include “HP Duopad,” “HP Touchcanvas” and “HP Touchslate.” Earlier trademarks suggest that one of HP’s tablets could also be named “HP Touchpad.” HP is holding a press event early next month where it is expected to unveil multiple new tablet devices. An upcoming tablet codenamed Topaz is expected to be among HP’s announcements at the event, and if the company decides to use any of these newly-trademarked monikers, the worst thing about this sleek new webOS tablet could very well be its name. More →
Engadget has gone and gotten itself rendered images of HP’s unannounced 7-inch and 9-inch webOS tablets. The site’s source indicates that the smaller and larger tablets bear the code names Opal and Topaz respectively. The images indicate that both devices will have a front-facing camera and a micro-USB charging port; the devices also appear to be buttonless with the bottom bezel functioning as a gesture area. Look for the Opal to launch in September at AT&T, Best Buy, Verizon, Amazon, and host of others. Your friends at BGR will be at Palm’s mysterious media event February 9th in San Francisco. Hopefully, we’ll find out more about these two attractive tablets then! More →
Lookie what we have here… The little the phone that never goes away quits. The less than impressive HTC Opal landed in the hands of the FCC this week showing off its 850/1900 GSM support and not so blazing EDGE capabilities. After the HTC Touch HD was canceled for North America, we were hoping to see something a bit more exciting than the underpowered HTC Opal but it looks like we have to take what we can get. We’re still not sure who fell asleep at the wheel on this one – are any of you guys looking forward to it?
Somebody definitely spilled something over at the HTC labs. No, the image above is not a 1989 Ford Mustang rolling around the Jersey shore. It is in fact the first live shot of the upcoming HTC Opal – the phone we all hoped was killed on the drawing board. Carrying specs that are basically identical to the HTC Touch, the Opal is basically the exact opposite of the other leaked HTC handset making the rounds right now, the HTC Touch HD. The only real differences we can come up with are the rubber band wrapped around the perimeter, the new d-pad and the 80s-tastic finish. Seriously, what’s up with the metallic sparkle going on up there? We can only hope that it’s just a result of some seriously weird camera flash feedback or something. At any rate, expect to be passing on this one as you continue to drool over the Touch HD.
If the Opal is indeed set to be the successor to the HTC Touch’s throne, we are definitely looking at a Raúl vs. Fidel situation here. Seriously fellas, it looks like you just wrapped a rubber band around a Touch. Ok, lets not get crazy here. Once you get through the thick candy shell there must be a world of difference when it comes to the guts, right? A beefed up processor perhaps? Nope, same old 200 MHz TI OMAP 850 found in the Touch. Hmm, then we must be looking at a sweet new display on this puppy, yes? Nope, same old 2.8-inch QVGA screen. Well the crappy camera must have gotten a huge shot of roids, no? Nope, same old 2 megapixel shooter. Ok, but there will definitely be a huge memory upgrade on this sucker, right? Nope, you’re looking at 128 MB of RAM and 256 MB of ROM. WTF!? As far as we can tell, the only real upgrades from the Touch to the Opal are Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, the new TouchFLO 3D UI and a new d-pad. Considering two of those three “upgrades” could be achieved by simply updating the software on the Touch, we’re going to go ahead and give this one a resounding FAIL. Our only hope is that fact that this leaked spec document is from back in July so maybe they’ve scrapped it since then. If this is indeed going to be HTC’s Touch successor however, then move over Fidel because here comes Raúl.
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