Leaked specifications from Palm and Hewlett-Packard's upcoming Topaz tablet have surfaced online. The Topaz, however, isn't the first time HP has thrown its hat into the tablet fight.

Announced at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, the HP Slate 500 was launched last October. Initially meant as a competitor to Apple's iPad, HP eventually shifted the tablet's focus, targeting professionals who wanted the tablet experience within the familiar Windows environment. The Slate 500 reportedly sold well, though at $799 it is more expensive than the iPad which goes for $500.

Some things that jump out immediately are a more powerful processor in the Slate, as well as two cameras. The Slate also weighs less than either the Topaz or iPad. It has a bigger drive and more RAM -- beating the iPad by a sizeable margin. The monitor is slightly smaller, but the resolution is just as good.

 

 

HP Topaz

HP Slate 500

Apple iPad

OS

webOS

Windows 7 Professional

iOS

Processor

Qualcomm MSM8660 processor with 1.2 GHz

1.8g gHz Intel Atom Processor

1 GHz Apple A4 processor

Graphics

Adreno 220 GPU

 Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 50

PowerVR SGX 535 GPU

Display

9.7-inch XGA 1024 x 768

8.9-inch WSVGA 1024 x 600

9.7-inch XGA 1024 x 768

Dimension

240 mm x190 mm x 13.7 mm

150 mm x 226 mm x 147 mm

243 mm x190 mm x13 mm

Weight

700g (1.5lb)

680 g (1.5 lb)

680-730g (1.5-1.6lb)

RAM

512MB DDR2 RAM

2 GB DDR2 RAM

256 MB DRAM

Storage

16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB eMMC

64 GB SSD

16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB

Camera

1.3 mega-pixel

VGA inside, 3 MP Camera outside

No

Connectivity

Dual-band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, WWAN for HSDPA with support for quad-band EDGE, LTE and most probably CDMA

802.11b/g/n
2+ Bluetooth

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, HSDPA and GSM / EDGE

Speakers

two integrated speakers and 3.5 mm audio jack

Integrated speakers, 3.5 mm audio jack

two integrated speakers and 3.5 mm audio jack

Battery

24 Wh for 8 hrs, using two 3150 mAh cells, 8 hours

2-cell, 30 Wh polymer, 5 hours

25 W·h (90 kJ) lithium-polymer 10 hours of video playback.