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HP Opal, Topaz to have iPad resolution, OS cloud sync

updated 12:25 pm EST, Wed January 19, 2011

HP Opal and Topaz to use 1024x768 screens, Beats

More details have popped up for HP's Opal and Topaz tablets that in a leak that shows at least some parallels to the iPad. Both devices will be the only known mainstream tablets outside of the iPad to have 1024x768 screens. Engadget's contacts added that the 9-inch Opal's dimensions will be so close to those of the iPad that it will be just 0.04 inches smaller on average than its Apple counterpart.

As a selling point, HP will take advantage of its enterprise experience and webOS' Internet focus to give users cloud storage in the "tens of gigabytes," to let them have access to music and video even with limited storage. It may even go so far as to create a full backup of the tablet state online. Apps, their current states and saved files would be preserved online to give users a complete replica of the environment if they move to a phone or have to replace the tablet later.

Those who also own a webOS phone will have the option of moving a call from the phone to one of the tablets.

Hardware features will play on the joint experiences of HP and Palm. The high-end audio alluded to earlier should come from the Beats audio decoding borrowed from HP's notebook line. Touchstone wireless charging will still be an option and should use webOS 2.0's Exhibition mode to provide different tasks while docked, including GPS. A unique Tap-to-Share would replicate iOS apps like Bump by sharing files, links and media through simply bringing the two devices close.

Most of the details of at least one of the two tablets are due at the February 9 event and should include more than one smartphone, most likely the largely unknown Broadway and Manta. The Opal might not be ready until September, but the Topaz could be available by March.

By Electronista Staff


  1. guillone

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    what's the point?

    It's kinda like an iPad.

    That's like saying,
    "I think I'll buy a Hundai, it's kinda like a Mercedes"


  1. Lifeisabeach

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    Joined: May 2010


    If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, although. . .

    When it comes to Apple, you can't really beat or join them, so HP is doing the next best thing. Copying the iPad's resolution actually seems to be a pretty practical thing for HP to do. This should make it a fair bit easier for developers to design apps and web sites that look identical on the iPad and HP's device. Sure, it's an overt acknowledgement from HP that Apple is taking the lead here, but at least they have enough sense to accept it and go with it rather than try to be different "just because".

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Joined: Oct 2004


    here's what the point better be

    the iPad is $499, this is $299.

    I'm not saying it will happen, but that needs to be the point.

    the iPad has no exclusive hold on the internet content that most people are consuming with their tablets - you'll still have YouTube, e-mail, the web, etc.

    What you won't have is that app catalog at iTuns, and so, the price difference needs to be obvious.

    I like Palm - it's OS is very refined, apple doesn't have it beat in terms of ease of use.

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