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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 (opens in new tab), 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.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.