Rumour turns into fact, as we find evidence of another up-coming HP tablet release in September 2011, termed as ‘Opal 7 Tablet’
Since the release of HP’s Topaz touchpad tablet in June, there have been rumours spreading around concerning a second product that was going under development alongside it. This rumoured product is said to launch sometime in September 2011, as stated by a product calendar from Staples. After being leaked in the HP’s Apps catalog list of some of the best Apps on the website, hovering over as a compatible unit, we get a chance of becoming familiar with this latest HP tablet. It doesn’t have a definite product name yet but is presumably codenamed as ‘Palm Opal 7’. In comparison to the 9 inch touchscreen of the Topaz model, this tablet consists of a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen with a ratio display of 1024 x 768 4:3.
The news was leaked recently and considering it was HP itself that let it slip, it gives the impression that they don’t wish to be so secretive about the Opal’s info. They want to generate curiosity among the consumers by reflecting that they are not backing out from the tablet war going on against competitors like Apple iPad 2 and Android Honeycomb. If HP’s web OS tablet is planning to offer a solid hardware and a great number of apps, there might be excitement regarding the competition.
Talking about the slates features, there have been predictions regarding it. Some idea about the device’s specs have been set out, saying that Opal would probably support an XGA touchscreen, 1.2 GHz processor, e-reading focus, premium audio feature, flash (probably), measures around 180 x 144 x 13mm, front camera, micro-USB port, 3 stereo speaker array (for both portrait and landscape mode), music playback and WiFi-only, AT&T 3G, and Verizon LTE versions. Instead of using inbuilt storage and apps, the features are integrated with cloud-based storage. There might even be a wireless charging system and streamlining of two devices. Considering the use of web OS Software and platform, Opal is expected to be enabled with multitasking and speedy web browsing. By viewing the leaked images of the button-less tablet, you can presume that the external outlook is a smart and sleek black coloured model with a glossy shell. We just hope that it is as impressive in is internal use.
As yet, we are uncertain of any more detailed information on its functions. This is a limited release by HP and to enjoy the device wholly you will have to wait till September. Getting a vague first look at this HP product is all we are granted with as of now. The price is still unknown and will not be released soon. What assumptions we have drawn from Opal’s first look is yet unconfirmed, so we cannot judge its performance depending too much on the first impressions. Nevertheless, some influence and hype is being created in the tablet market regarding this new HP model and the competitors are all eyes and ears. What outcome we are presented with in the end, we shall have wait and see.