More details on HP/Palm Topaz and Opal tablets leak out [UPDATED]

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: January 19, 2011

HP Topaz webOS tablet

HP told us that they'd have more to show at their February 9th event than was leaked yesterday, but I hope that they've got quite a bit up their sleeve, because more information about the Topaz and Opal tablets has just been leaked. First up, the Topaz is said to be shipping three months before the Opal (which is said to be arriving in September), may come with a 1024x768 resolution, and will feature dimensions that are nearly identical to the iPad. The smaller Opal supposedly looks like a shorter, wider Galaxy Tab and could also feature a resolution of 1024x768. There are also a number of newly-leaked features that are supposedly heading to HP's tablets, which we'll present in a handy bulleted list:

  • HP Beats premium audio
  • "Tens of gigabytes" of cloud storage
  • Touchstone compatibility with Exhibition-like features
  • "Tap-to-Share," which allows a user to transfer websites and content from phone to tablet or the other way around
  • Flash support
  • "Phone-to-Tablet communication" which will allow a call on your smartphone to be answered on a tablet
  • Access to a music library over WiFi or 3G
  • "True Multitasking"

The source of the leaks also said that HP will be bringing multiple smartphones to the Feb. 9th event, but described them as "nothing too amazing." That worries me a bit because, while the Topaz and Opal tablets sound amazing, HP and Palm need to push out some great handsets, too. It'll be great to finally get some all-new webOS phones, but if they don't blow people away with the new hardware, I'm not sure how they're going to keep competing with Android and iOS. Come on, HP/Palm, I know you're capable of pushing out some great stuff. Blow us away on February 9th!

UPDATE: HP just filed for the "HP TouchPad" trademark, leading many to believe that that could be the final name of their webOS tablet.

Via Engadget (1), (2), USPTO