Think Big, Think Small, Think Poll

Regardless of what happens on February 9th, HP|Palm has got everyone jazzed for the big unveiling of new webOS products. We expect tablets and multiple handsets at the event. Anything less would be a disappointment. Ideally, the company would hit it out the ballpark with both product lines. What if you had to choose one? What’s most important to you? Tablet or phone?



HP webOS announcement

More webOS tablet leaks, upcoming phones “nothing too amazing”

More news coming out today from Engadget regarding HP Palm’s upcoming Topaz and Opal webOS tablets that will be announced on February 9th. The Opal will be 180 x 144 x 13mm (shorter and wider than the Galaxy Tab) and will feature a 1024 x 768 TFT LCD. The larger webOS tablet codenamed Topax will ship three months prior to the Opal. It comes in at 240 x190 x 13mm or essentially the size specs of the iPad.

webOS tablet

The premium audio on the sales sheet will be HP’s Beats audio processing. The tipster also sent details of a survey conducted on behalf of HP Palm. One question asks how interested a respondent would be in a programmable wireless charging dock that transforms a tablet into an alarm clock, digital photo frame and GPS unit. Features found in webOS 2.0’s exhibition. One other notable item is “Tap to share”, allowing individuals to easily share documents, a website or a song between a phone and tablet.

All good news for an impressive showing next month as it relates to the upcoming tablets. Here’s where things go south. The tipster claims to have seen the handsets and says they are “nothing too amazing”.

via Engadget

HP Teases With New Invite “Think Again”

HP has sent another round of invites, but this time letting everyone know that the tablet renders seen on Engadget are not the latest. The copy reads, “Think you saw the latest on Engadget? Think again.”

HP|Palm webOS Tablet Photos, Plans Leak

Still weeks before the February 9th event, but Engadget have scored the mother load when it comes to HP|Palm’s plans for webOS tablets. There will be two tablets. The Topaz webOS tablet is a 9-inch tablet and the Opal is a 7 inch tablet. These are shipping product names, but rather codenames. There appears to be a microUSB port, gesture area and we’re not so sure that’s a front facing camera. These are renders, but the back appears to be glossy, so it’s unclear if these tablets will support Touchstone.

webOS tablet

Here’s where things get a bit tricky. Engadget’s sources say the devices will arrive at Palm HQ in June and the products will not ship until September of 2011. There will be three versions, WiFi-only, AT&T 3G and Verizon LTE.

Opal webOS tablet

Our guess is that the announcement on February 9th will produce a version of the SDK that supports these new tablets. This will enable developers to prepare their apps for the new devices. While it allows time for development, launching in late 2011 will produce even more competition in the form of the iPad 2, Motorola XOOM and a bucketload of Android tablets.

via Engadget

HP Schedules Exciting webOS Announcement for February 9th

HP has sent out invites for an exciting webOS announcement on February 9th. We take this to mean some sort of new hardware or perhaps multiple devices. The company won’t have a presence at CES, but they’ll certainly have everyone’s attention in early February. The tagline reads, “Think big. Think small. Think beyond.”

HP webOS announcement

While not a huge surprise to us, but this is an HP event. It appears that the Palm branding might be gone sooner than originally thought.

HP Ads Promote webOS To Developers

New HP banner advertisements are starting to pop up on various tech sites and they are promoting webOS to developers. The caption reads, “HP webOS is the best platform to express your creativity“.  We’re assuming it’s for developers in an attempt to garner more interest and ultimately improve upon the 5,000 apps available in the App Catalog. The ad was seen on everythingiCafe, which is an iPhone community. It certainly makes sense. Find the best iPhone forum in town and advertise webOS in hopes you’ll get a few developers to jump on board.

HP webOS

UPDATE: Here’s another ad also found on everythingiCafe.
HP webOS art ad

CES 2011 To Be Quiet for Palm?

Sure, we just wrote about FOX News saying that Palm was prepping a PalmPad tablet that would debut at CES, but how things change in a few hours. That sketch is now being called out as an old HP Slate sketch. For Palm enthusiasts, it’s been a tough year and many had their hopes set for a big event at CES. Two mobile industry stalwarts have thrown a bit of cold water on Palm’s presence at CES in January. Eric Zeman of Phonescooper was advised by Palm PR that this year was going to be quiet for them. Sasha Segan of PCWorld tweeted that “I’m hearing Palm won’t have a big presence at CES, so I can’t see how they’re introducing any “PalmPads” at that show.

In the previous two years, Palm did not have a booth. They did however schedule big events and private rooms accessible by the media. We suspect that they will showcase webOS 2.0 in a private room this year, but it now seems that the big event might have to wait until Mobile World Congress. Could they surprise everyone? Definitely, but we’ll have to wait another 16 days to find out.

We should note that we haven’t heard from Palm regarding CES. If we do, we’ll pass it along.

HP Palm To Debut Tablet “PalmPad” At CES

According to report from Clayton Morris at FOX News, HP Palm is prepping a the rumored webOS based tablet for CES. Included in the article were some rudimentary drawings of the device, interestingly enough the device was branded as HP.

PalmPad

Fox News sources say there will be three versions of the PalmPad and they will all run webOS 2.5.1. Yet another version will not be shown at CES, but will be aimed at university students and release in time for the fall semester.

One version will run on Sprint’s 4G network. The PalmPad is rumored to be thinner than the iPad, has a mini-HDMI connector and offer both front/rear facing cameras with LED flashes. The edges are rounded similar to the Amazon Kindle. Outside of the front facing camera and HDMI out, the PalmPad’s specs are similar to the iPad. Morris says the PalmPad (and we’re not sure that’s the name the tablet will ship with) will be available in March of 2011.

Our take: It wouldn’t be surprising to see this device at CES. HP Palm has several challenges they must address if the device is going to be a success.

via Fox News

webOS Tablet is codenamed ‘Topaz’, works with keyboard accessory

It’s not the leaked Mr.Blurrycam® photo of that upcoming webOS smartphone we’ve been waiting for, but it is yet more information on the upcoming webOS tablet. It appears Engadget received a slide detailing a Bluetooth keyboard that will work with the upcoming tablet codenamed ‘Topaz’. The tablet reportedly takes design cues from the keyboard, with no hard buttons on the front.

Palm Topaz accessory

They also received word that a low-end phone aimed at teens codenamed “castle” is on the way to all three major carriers (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T). Perhaps that’s the Palm Pixi 2?

Palm Gyst, Palm Myte, Palm Veer spotted at USPTO

According to PocketNow, Hewlett Packard has filed for trademarks for the Palm Gyst, Palm Myte and Palm Veer. This is the first we’ve heard of these names and they certainly could be upcoming phones slated for 2011. The marks cover:
Palm Gyst, Myte, Veer

“Computers; computer hardware; computer software; computer peripherals; computer and communications networking hardware and software; computer hardware, namely memory cards; computer hardware for telecommunications; computer monitors; computer keyboards; mobile digital electronic devices; mobile computers; handheld computers; portable computers; tablet computers; personal digital assistants; electronic organizers, electronic notepads; computer memories; telephones; mobile telephones; pagers; smartphones, videophones; mobile and handheld communications devices for sending and receiving data, information and other digital content, including audio and video content, namely handheld computers, mobile phones and smartphones; photographic and video cameras; audio players; video players; multimedia players; computer communications software; computer software, namely, prerecorded computer programs for personal information management, database management software, character recognition software, telecommunications software, telephony management software, electronic mail and messaging software, paging software, database synchronization software, computer programs for accessing, browsing and searching online databases; computer game programs; video game software; downloadable computer and video games; downloadable music, audio, video and entertainment related content; computer carrying cases; accessories, parts and cases for all the foregoing sold as a unit; instruction manuals in electronic form supplied with the foregoing sold as a unit; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of data, text, graphics, sound or images; blank magnetic data carriers; prerecorded magnetic data carriers featuring software for use in connection with handheld communications devices, namely, mobile phones and smartphones; calculating machines, data processing equipment.”

We had previously seen mentions of Broadway, Windsor, Mantaray and Stingray, but those were likely code names. Now if Mr.Blurrycam® will just pay a visit to these three, we’ll have a better of idea of what’s coming in 2011 and what we might see announced at CES.