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"It's a 'scaled-up smartphone' -- that's a bizarre product in our view." -- Apple COO Tim Cook on current Android tablets (TechCrunch)
Engadget supposedly got its mitts on company renders (see right) of HP and Palm's webOS-based "Topaz" tablet, one of two tablets rumored to be in development. Joining the 9-inch Topaz will be the 7-inch "Opal," which will be positioned more as an e-reader. The image supports the rumors of a button-less design, front-facing camera, micro-USB port , and three speaker arrangement for stereo audio in both landscape and portrait modes -- two speakers along the left side and a third on the right. WiFi-only, AT&T 3G, and Verizon LTE versions of the Opal may arrive this September with an AT&T LTE version due July of next year. Both will feature unspecified 1.2 GHz processors. More to come on February 9 at HP's enigmatic event which was advertised with the tagline, "Something big, Something small, Something beyond." (Engadget) More
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