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Pics & Details Of HP Palm OS Tablet Duo Emerge

HP is planning to launch not one, but two tablets - a 9-inch model called Topaz and a 7-inch one nicknamed Opal - at an event on the 9th of February.

The image renderings, which can be seen on Engadget, point to one common design where the home button is conspicuously absent, just like on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).

There's also a microUSB port, a front facing camera, an ARM-based 1.2GHz processor and three speakers for optimum sound rendering. It may also be that HP will port the Palm Pre's touchstone to both tablet based on the fact that the back is made up of a glossy material.

Both devices will be Wi-Fi only at launch, with 3G and LTE versions for the Opal arriving in September 2011 while AT&T LTE will be ready in 18 months.

According to Engadget's source, full market availability will only happen during the second part of 2011, which is a disappointment given that by then there looks set to be a slew of new devices out, including the Xoom, the iPad 2, the G-Slate, the Playbook and the Scribe.

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