A source that techblog Engadget deems reliable has just tipped them off with photos of what looks to be internal renders of HP and Palm's webOS tablet along with their code names. We already knew that HP was working on releasing a tablet of some sort, thanks to the various no-so-subtle hints dropped by the company over the last week or so. First, we heard about the HP event on February 9th concerning webOS and an "exciting" announcement. There is also the recent training video that popped up and featured a tablet computer.
Hit the jump to read up on what we know about the tablet.
1) Comes in two sizes
The webOS tablets are right now codenamed Topaz and Opal. Topaz will be a 9-inch tablet, similar in size to the iPad, while Opal will be a 7-inch tablet, more along the lines of a Galaxy Tab. Which, when you stop to think about it (as Engadget pointed out) fits with HP's, "Something big, something small, Something beyond" tagline for the February event.
2) Available in Wifi and 3G
Like the iPad, the webOS tablets are said to come in both 3G and wifi-only models. The 3G models, according to the reports will be available on both Verizon and AT&T.
3)Launches September 2011
As the image above shows, the tablet is expected to hit retail in September of 2011. There's no specific date, but it gives them plenty of time to build hype after the initial announcement. On the downside, it also gives competition like the PlayBook and the iPad 2 a bit of a head start.
4) No Front Button
No front button happens to be the thing to do these days. Even Apple is rumored to be jumping on the bandwagon with the iPad 2 and the iPhone 5. Looking at the renders above, you can see that the webOS tablet is probably going to be doing away with any sort of front buttons.
5) Micro USB Port
The tablet also appears to have a Micro USB port right along the bottom. It's likely for the purpose of transferring data between a computer and the tablet as well as charging the device.
6) 1.2GHz Processors
There is also word that both of the tablets will be equipped with 1.2GHz processors. No word on what kind. We are sure this information will be confirmed or elaborated on during the February 9th event.
In the Tablet Market, Competition Will Be Fierce for Newcomers
By the end of the year, we will be drowning in a sea of tablet computers. There will be various Android tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, the iPad 2 and the BlackBerry PlayBook, and that's just the bigger names.
Which tablet piques your interest?