HP Palm Topaz tablet specs leak: 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon, and 8 hours of battery life
First off, the screen - a 9.7" IPS-LCD affair, with 768x1024 pixels of resolution, and something called "EZ-clean" coating - oleophobic we guess. While the display is what we have on the first generation iPad, down to the last pixel of resolution, the chipset is dual-core. A 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 will be powering the HP Palm Topaz, and we can't say we are not grinning with delight here - this silicon should be blazing fast.
It allows for 1080p Full HD video recording, but the Topaz is lacking a rear camera, just 1MP front-facing one, which kind of defeats the dual-core purpose, but we are not fond of carrying around a 10-incher for shooting video anyway. For multimedia the slate also carries Beats stereo audio speakers, and a standard 3.5mm jack. The lack of HDMI port is a relative disappointment.
The connectivity options seem to come in two versions - one with just Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, while the other is adding a SIM card slot for 3G, and a GPS radio as well. LTE version is coming further down the road. Another restriction is the lack of memory card slot, but the slate comes with options for 16, 32, and 64GB of flash memory.
The 512MB RAM is desktop-grade DDR2, and, considering it is running the light and efficient webOS, HP claims 8 hours or more of battery life from the 24WHr juice pack. The inductive charging magic will be available for the HP Palm Topaz, as well as something called tap-to-share, which will allow you to sync the slate, share and stream multimedia through the Touchstone v2 dock. The feature includes streaming video to your TV, with the Topaz acting as a remote when you take it out.
The estimated weight is the decent 1.5 pounds (700g), and the slate measures just 0.55" (14mm) thick. It doesn't look bad at all, and, considering HP's world-class supply chain, the company might have even been able to negotiate great component and logistics deals to pass onto us consumers as powerful, but affordable tablets. We should know very soon. The specs sheet is from the fall, so there could be more surprises in store for us in the final version. What do all Palm fans think, does that already sound like a noble comeback to you?
3. calamazoo (unregistered)
There is wireless streaming, though...if HP manages to keep the price around $400 initially, these will sell.
2. whyHTC? (unregistered)
If this releases soon I will probably have buyers remorse knowing my Thunderbolt has a 8655 in it. Why couldn't HTC just wait a second longer?
4. Tristann (Posts: 76; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)
Im so getting this! Loved my Pixi but the screen was to small :/
5. Hurricane (unregistered)
I'm sold. That is a pretty solid spec sheet and WebOS is a rock solid mobile os. What is left is Palm to get enough market share to lure developers into making WebOS apps. With this product it will give them that chance.
Now all I'm waiting for is to see if the rumored 5" candy bar phone is real and that will lock in to Palm completely.
6. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
The biggest disappointment is that HP didn't just use an Android OS, even at least for a different model. That combination would completely take over the Tablet market. Good to see however they are making a Wifi version and a 4G version, one thing other companies have been lacking.
7. ztkells (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
bwahahahahahaha are you serious?!? That's the worst idea I have ever heard. Android is a downgrade! I love this tablet. Buying it the first day!
10. meat (unregistered)
haha! android? really? webos is miles above that sloppy fragmented mess.
8. downphoenix (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
man has a point. WebOS is great, the only reason it never took off is because Palm was terrible at designing a quality phone, but the OS is superb, it may actually take off with some quality devices.
9. ChrisTheTechGuy (Posts: 85; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)
agreed with that last 2 comments. webOS is amazing, just the hardware that palm had originally put in its phones was pretty minimal. the actual software is amazing, and a breeze to use, its actually a lot easier to navigate with some cooler features that android OS does have.