Hacks at PreCentral got their grubby paws on documents on the HP/Palm tablet Topaz.
The information describes everything from the internal hardware to various aspects of the touch interface. Some of the information is out-of-date. We know that the touch interface was first mentioned from sometime last year but there are more ideas about where HP and Palm are planning on taking their new tablet line and Palm’s WebOS.
Topaz looks like it will be a 9.7-inch tablet with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8660 processor, an Adreno 220 GPU, and 512MB of RAM. The screen’s resolution will be 1024×768, and the Topaz will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB sizes. The battery will last at 8 hours.
There is only one camera mentioned and that is ,a front-facing 1.3 megapixels. There will be only three buttons. One to switch it on and two for the volume.
Topaz will ship either for WiFi-only or using HSPA and LTE network support. CDMA support is planned for later. HP is muttering something about “Touchstone v2,” which looks like a docking thingee which will allow for inductive charging and wireless printing, audio streaming, video streaming, and wireless video game-playing via the Touchstone video dock.
Meanwhile the webOS interface is its planned addition of new multitouch gestures, which include tap and drag, tap and hold, and a two-finger tap and drag. This sounds like the old softshoe to us.
As usual there is an iPad and iPhone style virtual keyboard, which will have buttons to jump between fields and to hide the keyboard. Palm is talking about a paned interface for e-mail which we saw on the iPad.
WebOS will come with cut, copy, and paste functions as well as tabbed browsing.
HP and Palm have an event scheduled for February 9, which is where all this leaked stuff will become official. It will probably be the same sort of stuff, but drinks and snacks will be served at the same time.