updated 02:05 pm EST, Mon January 24, 2011
HP Topaz tablet gets performance and
HP's Topaz webOS tablet had its detailed if early hardware specifications escape on Monday with evidence of a speed upgrade. The 9.7-inch slate should come with a dual-core, 1.2GHz MSM8660 Snapdragon processor and use the matching, 1080p-capable Adreno 220 graphics. Even with the added speed, PreCentral learned in the leak that the Palm team would be aiming for over eight hours of battery life with two 3,150mAh lithium-ion packs providing power.
The device would have between 16GB and 64GB of built-in storage and would have the promised support for EVDO and HSPA 3G along with a future LTE 4G option. A USB port had been hinted at earlier, but it's now thought to have USB host functionality and could thus take photos directly from a camera without having to use an adapter. Only the front 1.3-megapixel camera will be present.
Many of the advanced Touchstone 2.0 features have also been corroborated by the details. Along with charging, the wire-free dock would automatically enable certain app tasks, such as audio, video and web sharing, in some cases from a phone to the tablet. It should have built-in GPS and printer support along with wireless video out and even wireless gameplay when using a video dock. The Bump-style functionality would work through "communications coils" to trigger the exchange of data.
The cloud services would include multiple services, such as a straightforward Cloud Drive for storage as well as Melodeo remote music and Snapfish for photos. A fourth, Cloud Canvas, is a mystery but may involve document sharing.
It's unclear how much of the hardware will carry over to the final product. The specs come from 2010 and may have been upgraded or changed since they were posted. Any confirmation should come at the February 9 event. It should release this year and may precede the smaller seven-inch Opal expected in September.