Image from Engadget
I have to be honest – I have become quite numb in reading about all the new tablets coming out, especially the Android ones. They all seem similiar, yet only one or two stand out, like the Motorola Xoom. I am much more interested to see what HP is working on. See, HP bought out Palm (one of the great names in PDAs) a while back, primarily for their beautiful operating system called WebOS. In South Africa we are not used to WebOS, seeing as the Palm Pre cellphone never officially arrived here.
You might remember a while HP announced the “slate” with Windows 7, but apparently it was not the greatest device to use. Windows 7 is not a tablet friendly operating system – for stylus use, sure. But we are all moving to finger input, and Microsoft just does not seem to get it yet, despite their “touch packs”. In fact, the “slate” was such a disaster that HP focussed the device only to its enterprise customers, and as you might have noticed, it is not available in SA.
But lets see what we can expect from the HP WebOS tablet (codenamed “Topaz”):
- 9.7 inch screen (same as iPad), XGA (1024 x 768) resolution
- 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor
- Adreno 220 GPU
- 512MB RAM
- Dual Camera
- 16, 32 or 64 GB storage
- And of course – WebOS
And here is the leaked image if you want some more details (from Pre Central):
Cannot wait to get my hands on this. Lets hope it does better than the Palm Pre phones…