HP-Palm webOS Tablets Said to Include Gobs of Cloud Storage, Tap-to-Share Feature with Phones

We’ve been wondering how HP-Palm planned to differentiate its upcoming tablets–other than webOS itself–and it looks like Engadget has shed some serious light on the company’s strategy. HP-Palm will be trying hard to tell a “better together” story designed to entice customers to buy webOS phones and tablets. Here’s a quick rundown.

  • Users should expect tens of gigabytes of cloud storage, which tablet owners would likely be able to share with webOS phones.
  • Just as with Palm’s smart phones, the webOS tablets will work with Touchstone docks that use inductive charging and turn the device into an alarm clock, GPS unit, etc, presumably depending on where it’s docked.
  • A consumer survey HP circulated mentioned a Tap-to-Share feature that would enable users to transfer data from tablet to phone (and vice versa) just by tapping them together. Sounds like Bump on steroids.
  • Phone-to-tablet communication would allow you to answer a call that comes into your phone on your tablet. Talk about Synergy.

It looks like the larger of the two tablets (Topaz) could debut as soon as March, while the smaller 7-inch model (Opal) might stick with the September window initially reported. Beats audio technology is also likely on board, nicely complementing the rumored three speakers on the slates.

    How many of these leaked details are true? We’ll be in San Francisco on Feb. 9th and will bring you all the details live from HP-Palm’s special event.

    Via Engadget

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