Details of the Topaz tablet, HP's first new product to be based on the WebOS operating system it acquired from Palm, have been published online.
Precentral says that HP plans to pit the Topaz against the iPad, and the fact that they chose to have a 9.7-inch XGA capacitive touchscreen suggests the site could be right.
The hardware specifications are clearly well beyond the capabilities of the current iPad. The Topaz will come with a Qualcomm MSM8660 processor, one that uses two Scorpion Cortex-A8 cores, rather than two A9 like the Nvidia Tegra 2.
It will also come with the Adreno 220 GPU with support for Open GL and Open GLES 2.0. The MSM8660 will also have integrated GPS and Wi-FI.
As for the slate itself, it will weigh 700g and have a thickness of just 13.7mm, almost just as thin as the Palm Pre.
There's a microUSB port, BT, optional 3G, HP Beats audio with two speakers, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, up to 64GB removable storage and 512MB DDR2 memory on-board.
HP's documents show that the tablet's battery won't be removable and will power the Topaz for up to eight hours.