Report: HP-Palm webOS Tablets Coming in 7- and 9-inch Flavors, Not Hitting Shelves Until September?
It looks like HP-Palm is definitely thinking big and small when it comes to its upcoming webOS tablet lineup, expected to be announced Feb. 9th at a special event. Engadget just posted leaked information on two tablets coming from the combined company: the 7-inch model is codenamed Opal, and the 9-inch model is internally dubbed Topaz. As you can tell by the above render, this a design that’s free of mechanical buttons (just like the rumored iPad 2 and Xoom) but the LED under the display indicates that it will double as a touch home button of sorts. We’re also talking microUSB connectivity, a front-facing camera, and three speakers.
What else do we know about these Palm Pads? There’s apparently a focus on premium audio (Beats integration, maybe). The smaller Opal reportedly won’t hit shelves until September, including Wi-Fi-only, Verizon LTE, and AT&T 3G versions. An LTE model for AT&T will come in 2012. We hope the bigger Topaz arrives sooner than that, especially if HP-Palm hopes to compete against the iPad 2 and Android onslaught. Overall, these tablets look like a good one-two punch, but we’ll need a lot more details to decide how competitive the products might be.
Are you excited yet? Stay tuned for our live coverage of the launch event to get the full scoop.