January 18, 2011 2:25 pm
Looks like the details of the highly secretive and exciting HP/Palm event on February 9th are starting to leak. Thanks to Engadget for posting the pics of their upcoming tablet. The picture below is one version of their webOS tablet called “Topaz”. There is another model currently being tested that’s called “Opal”. Specs have the Topaz coming with a 9-inch display and the Opal with a 7-inch display. Both run webOS and have a front-facing camera, micro USB port and possibly a set of 3 speakers. As for us Canadians, it looks like we’ll be graced with the 7-inch HP Opal in the September 2011 time frame. According to the internal doc it states that Bell and Rogers will be releasing a 3G version and a Wi-Fi only model will be available at Best Buy Canada.
No word on if TELUS will be joining in on the HP/Palm tablet market. They will probably stick with the BlackBerry PlayBook and possibly the Motorola Xoom. This news does coincide with what Rogers VP John Boynton said about their tablets direction in 2011. He stated at the TabLife event “we’ve seen strong tablet sales this year. Stronger than expected and we expected it to explode in the next 12 months. In fact, we expect tablets to lead our mobile internet category mix in 2011″.