The Topaz is nearly identical in size to the Apple iPad, while the Opal is a bit shorter and wider than the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Opal will have a 1,024 x 768-pixel display, and the Topaz will most likely have the same resolution.
The tablets will support multitasking that enables up to 20 apps to run simultaneously and will have access to “tens of gigabytes” of cloud storage space. Other known features include Tap-to-Share, which “lets users easily transfer a website, document, or song from the phone to the tablet (or vice versa) simply by tapping the two devices together,” Beats-branded audio, and a wireless charging docking station that can transform the device into a GPS device, alarm clock, or digital photo frame.
The Topaz will reportedly ship about three months before Opal. HP’s tablets are expected to be officially released on February 9.
Update: The Topaz has a 9-inch display, whereas the Opal sports a 7-inch screen. Both tablets will reportedly include a 1.2GHz processor, a front facing camera, and three speakers. Leaked slides reveal that the Opal will be available with Wi-Fi only and with Wi-Fi + 3G.
“We’re told that units will start to arrive at Palm HQ in June as production ramps up for launch later this year – a timeline backed up by an internal marketing slide we received that lists WiFi-only, AT&T 3G, and Verizon LTE versions of the Opal arriving in September 2011, and on AT&T LTE in July 2012,” Engadget reports.