It ultimately turned out that the HP tablet codenamed Topaz was the HP TouchPad, but it’s been quite some time since we’ve heard any news about its smaller partner, Opal. Rest easy though, because it turns out that Opal is still alive and kicking, as evidenced by the apps page on the HP website.
When hovering over any of the titles on the App Experience or Featured Apps tabs on HP’s website, a small pop-up appears, listing the app’s price, minimum OS version, the app version, and most importantly, a list of compatible devices. It is here that the name Opal can be seen, alongside Topaz, Roadrunner, Pre, and MantaRay. It has already been confirmed that the Roadrunner will be the Pre 2, while the MantaRay is supposed to be the Pre3, so that leaves Opal as the 7-inch, webOS-based tablet that has been MIA for a few months now.
The exact release date — and official name — of Opal is currently unknown, though it is supposedly set to drop sometime in September (and the TouchPad in July), and HP recently filed for a TouchPad7 trademark, so perhaps that will be the final moniker for the device.
In the meantime, those looking to get their hands on an HP tablet sooner rather than later can now pre-order the HP TouchPad through either BestBuy.com or the HP website.