The rumor mill is running at full tilt ahead of HP's February 9 webOS announcement. After sneaking a peek at the upcoming webOS-based Topaz slate last week, we've now been treated to some leaked specifications, courtesy of the folks at PreCentral.net.
Based on the spec sheet posted by the site, the Topaz will resemble the iPad in a number of ways. It will have a 9.7" 1024x768 display based on IPS panel technology, and just like the Apple device, it will weigh 1.5 lbs, have a thickness of about 0.5", and feature 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage capacity. Not exactly groundbreaking stuff.
Other key specs, according to PreCentral.net: the Topaz will have a Qualcomm MSM86600 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a Micro-USB port, and a 1.3-megapixel webcam. The built-in battery will be rated for 24Wh and eight hours of run time, a little less than the iPad's 25Wh and 10-hour rating for the Wi-Fi version.
As we found out last week, HP might not release the Topaz slate until September. If that's the case, the device could end up having to compete against a fancier iPad 2 (rumor has it the next iPad will have a higher-resolution display) right out of the gate. That'd be a shame for such a promising product. Then again, HP could always aim for a lower price point.
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