Update II: In addition to the term “PalmPad” — which the USPTO has since rejected — HP has filed trademarks for DuoPad, Touchcanvas, and Touchslate. Whether or not these are terms used to describe the device, its features, or its peripherals is still unknown.
Among the new touchscreen gestures are double tap, tap and drag, tap and hold, two finger tap, and two finger tap and drag. These, of course, are in addition to the standard gestures of scroll, tap, and pinch to zoom. What they will be used for, however, has yet to be revealed.
There will also be pop-up menus to go with the tap and hold gesture, ones that offer options such as select, select all, cut, copy, and paste.
There will also be an addition of a virtual keyboard which, while not necessarily revolutionary, will feature a small toolbar with three helpful functions: hide keyboard, jump between form fields, and step through characters.
Other updates include e-mail with a paned-interface (with lists on the left and content on the right), pop-up dialog boxes (for things like calendar creation or map details) , tabs (though no guarantee that they will be available during web browsing), and a new page-turning interface.
Though it still isn’t anything official, it seems that we’re coming one step closer to completely uncovering the mystique behind the webOS-based “Topaz” tablet from HP and Palm, thanks to some lengthy documentation that was leaked.
One of the more notable details found in the documents, which were leaked to Precentral.net, is further information on the previously-rumored inductive (wireless) charging technology called “Touchstone” being featured on the device. It seems, however, that the “Topaz” tablet will feature a new version of the technology, aptly named Touchstone v2 to increase its functionality. With this updated version, Touchstone will now supposedly allow for wireless picture sharing, website sharing, audio stream (via Bluetooth to a speaker dock), music sharing, printing, and video streaming from a video dock to VGA or HDMI out, among other wireless capabilities.
Topaz in the Clouds
Lending credence to past rumors is some documentation on the cloud integration behind the device, which continues to suggest that HP is looking to make all webOS devices interconnected. Through the Touchstone v2 technology, users can utilize a “tap to send” feature, picking up on a new device right where they left off on the old one. Other features of the cloud computing include Snapfish for syncing photos and Melodeo for syncing music, an HP Cloud drive for online storage.
‘HP Cloud Canvas’ was a new term also found in the documentation, but with no clear details. However, some are speculating that it is in reference to the technology that allows for the sharing of documents over multiple devices (laptops, tablets, and smartphones).
Utilizing HP’s cloud software should be easy, considering the number of connectivity options for the device: Currently, HP is planning to release a Wi-Fi only version of the tablet, in addition to the HSPA and LTE options, with CDMA coming later.
webOS Tablet Specs
The “Topaz” will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM 8660 processor, which clocks in at 1.2 GHz and features two scorpion cores within it. The Snapdragon-based processor has 2D/3D acceleration engines and support for 1080p video and integrated GPS.
Aside from a resolution of 1024 x 768 and three storage options of 16, 32, or 64GB, the webOS tablet will pack 512 MB of DDR2 RAM, Bluetooth 2.1, and a front-facing, 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat.
The 9-inch screen of the webOS tablet will be behind Gorilla Glass and only three physical buttons will be present on the device: a power button, and volume up and down buttons. Resets and hard-resets will be performed by holding down a combination of the buttons, and the device will also feature the webOS’s notification light.
The feature of Beats Audio was also mentioned in the documentation, and supposedly may be added to the existing branding on the device, which will sport both HP and Palm logos.
The tipster who initially leaked the details claims that the price range for the webOS tablet will be on the lower end, somewhere around $400 after carrier subsidies. Information about a release date is still unknown, but presumably an official reveal of the device somewhere down the road will shed some light on this remaining detail.