updated 12:25 pm EST, Wed January 19, 2011
HP Opal and Topaz to use 1024x768 screens, Beats
More details have popped up for HP's Opal and Topaz tablets that in a leak that shows at least some parallels to the iPad. Both devices will be the only known mainstream tablets outside of the iPad to have 1024x768 screens. Engadget's contacts added that the 9-inch Opal's dimensions will be so close to those of the iPad that it will be just 0.04 inches smaller on average than its Apple counterpart.
As a selling point, HP will take advantage of its enterprise experience and webOS' Internet focus to give users cloud storage in the "tens of gigabytes," to let them have access to music and video even with limited storage. It may even go so far as to create a full backup of the tablet state online. Apps, their current states and saved files would be preserved online to give users a complete replica of the environment if they move to a phone or have to replace the tablet later.
Those who also own a webOS phone will have the option of moving a call from the phone to one of the tablets.
Hardware features will play on the joint experiences of HP and Palm. The high-end audio alluded to earlier should come from the Beats audio decoding borrowed from HP's notebook line. Touchstone wireless charging will still be an option and should use webOS 2.0's Exhibition mode to provide different tasks while docked, including GPS. A unique Tap-to-Share would replicate iOS apps like Bump by sharing files, links and media through simply bringing the two devices close.
Most of the details of at least one of the two tablets are due at the February 9 event and should include more than one smartphone, most likely the largely unknown Broadway and Manta. The Opal might not be ready until September, but the Topaz could be available by March.