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HP Topaz webOS tablet revealed

Another piece of the puzzle that is scheduled to take shape next month at HP’s webOS press event looks like it has just been revealed. A render of Palm’s large-form tablet was first seen earlier this month, but this time around there are specs and plenty of details to go along with new renders and slides. Codenamed Topaz, this webOS-powered slate will reportedly feature a 9.7-inch 1024 x 768-pixel oil and scratch-resistant display, a 1.2GHz processor, an Adreno 220 graphics processor, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a front-facing camera for video chat, integrated Beats audio and two 3,150 mAh batteries that should deliver 8 hours of usage. HP will reportedly launch a Wi-Fi-only version of the Topaz initially, but 3G and 4G versions will follow soon after — obviously.

Preliminary details have also emerged surrounding HP’s next-generation Touchstone technology, which will be featured by the Topaz. Compatible functions include charging, of course, as well as image and file sharing, multimedia streaming, wireless printing, integrated cloud services and even “wireless video game playing via Touchstone video dock.” Consider our interest piqued.

The look of the Topaz is very, shall we say familiar, but we’re still excited to see this puppy become a reality alongside next-generation Touchstone technology and some new cloud-based services to compliment Palm’s gorgeous OS. We’ll be on hand in San Francisco next month to see just what HP has in store for us, and we definitely wouldn’t be surprised to see the Topaz make an appearance, albeit with a different name. Let’s just hope HP also has some sleek new webOS smartphones in store as well.


Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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