Engadget has obtained renders of one of two new WebOS-enabled tablets from HP. The machines will be called, Topaz, a 9 inch tablet and Opal, which will feature a 7 inch screen.
It’s rumoured that the company will unveil the tablets officially on February 9th at an upcoming promotional event.
At the moment we know very little about these tablets except that they appear to have an front-facing webcam and a micro-USB port on the bottom. Because of the placement of the USB port these are clearly not tablets intended to be placed landscape in a dock, in the way many other tablets, such as the WIndows 7 powered ExoPC are.
Engadget is reporting that the first shipping units should start arriving in June with a worldwide launch later in the year. They say…
a timeline backed up by an internal marketing slide we received that lists WiFi-only, AT&T 3G, and Verizon LTE versions of the Opal arriving in September 2011, and on AT&T LTE in July 2012. The slide also indicates the Opal will have a particular e-reading focus, which makes sense for a 7-inch device, and there’s a mention of “premium audio”
If there is any tablet operating system that will give Windows a kicking it’s WebOS and these tablets have been raising significant interest since the first announcement that HP was buying Palm. We look forward to seeing a fully working product and will try to get one here to review at Windows7News.