HP Topaz Tablet Specs Leaked
Another week has brought yet another massive leak on HP's upcoming WebOS-powered tablets. This time around, Precentral has received the anonymous tip, with a new document that reveals nearly every nitty-gritty technical detail of the device. At this rate, HP may have very little information left unturned for their February 9th event.
Internally, the document nicely confirms every single spec previously rumored: 512mb of DDR2 memory is mated to a Qualcomm MSM8660 1.2ghz dual-core CPU. Commonly known as "Snapdragon", this is the first time a Palm-related device will be powered by a Qualcomm CPU, as Palm's current WebOS smartphones all utilize TI OMAP CPUs. All of the usual hardware acceleration and 3D capabilities are present in the Qualcomm's Adreno 220 GPU, which matches the 1080p video playback capabilities of its Tegras2-powered competitors.
Onboard storage will be available in 16, 32 and 64GB versions, matching the iPad. Unfortunately, no form of removable storage is available on the Topaz, continuing a trend for WebOS devices. Charging and synchronization are handled by microUSB, so this device will thankfully not require a separate bulky AC adapter or a proprietary connector for charging duties like many of its competitors. Unfortunately, there is no HDMI port for HD video output, though this is mentioned as a possible feature of a future Touchstone video dock. USB host mode is also mentioned but the unit will not have a dedicated full-size USB host port like some of its Android competitors.
As far as its display is concerned, the Topaz is essentially an exact match for the first-generation iPad, with a 9.7" 1024x768 display. This now marks three screen resolutions on various WebOS devices. Thankfully, this will be a high-quality IPS panel behind Corning Gorilla glass ( first seen on last fall's Pre 2) with full multitouch support. Adobe Flash support will be present, as this has long been one of the major gripes with Apple's iOS-based products.
Some definite signs that this device had its origins in an HP original design are the combo 3.5mm headphone output/microphone input jack and the "Beats" audio technology. Only a single camera is present, a front-facing 1.3mp camera, which is still 1 more camera than what the current iPad offers. Connectivity options are varied, with standard dual-band 802.11n wi-fi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR along with optional WWAN connectivity in the form of optional GSM HSPA and LTE 4G radios. Interestingly, no mention is made of WiMax 4G for Sprint's network, nor is CDMA 3G version confirmed for production.
The unit's dimensions are stated as 190mmx240mmx13.7mm, almost identical in every aspect to a first-generation iPad. The Topaz's weight rings in at 700g/1.5lbs. This is a bit heavier than the current wi-fi iPad but a few grams lighter than the 3G iPad.
Mimicking Google's abandonment of hard buttons on their next-generation Honeycomb tablets, HP will only have a volume up/down rocker and a power button on these WebOS tablets. It will also thankfully have a notification LED. Also mention is support for a second-generation Touchstone dock, with far more capabilities than charging or simply toggling on a speakerphone.
Finally, it looks like that at least for one more product cycle, the Palm and HP co-branding will exist on this device. If the Pre 2 is indeed the final purely Palm-branded device as rumored, then HP may continue carrying the familiar Palm name alongside HP's logo for a while longer on some transitional products such as the initial WebOS tablets.