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Think Beyond? Think Back: How HP wanted Topaz to stack up against the iPad

by Dieter Bohn Tue, 08 Feb 2011 8:02 pm EST

On the eve of Palm's second attempt at a resurgence in just over two years, their new parent company is asking us to Think Beyond. Before we do that, we thought it would be good to Think Back... back to last fall when their parent company, HP, was eager to develop a 10-inch tablet to take on the iPad. We are referring, of course, to that massive spec drop we laid down for the tablet that was then codenamed Topaz. Above, you can see how HP hoped their tablet would line up against the iPad in several categories.

Will these specs pan out to be what HP and Palm announce tomorrow? We are thinking yes, but you never know. There's no new information here, but if you need a refresher, here's the scoop. The Topaz may sport a 9.7" screen with Oleophobic Corning Gorilla Glass, a dual-core, 1.2GHz Qualcomm 8860 processor, memory options ranging from 16 to 32 gigs onboard, 512 megs of RAM, WiFi, options to run 3G and Verizon's 4G LTE, a clever Touchstone docking system with some sort of content sharing, a front-facint 1.3mp camera, and enough battery life to last all day.

Competitive with the original iPad spec-for-spec? For sure. Whether it will match up against the widely-expected iPad 2 is another story, but let's focus on the positives. HP has marked their advantages in green above and if all goes well, HP is definitely hoping that some iPad owners will be green-enough with envy to make the switch (yeah, we went there).

All will be revealed tomorrow and we'll be liveblogging the whole thing.