HP TouchPad launch and pricing info, HTC 10-inch Honeycomb tablet leak? [UPDATED]Alex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
HP is staying quiet, for now, on the TouchPad's launch and pricing info, stating simply that the tablet will arrive sometime this summer. A newly-leaked document from a "major U.S. retailer" may have just revealed when the TouchPad will hit and how much it'll cost, along with some juicy Android tablet info, too. As you can see up above, the 10-inch TouchPad is allegedly launching this June for $499 for the 16GB WiFi-only model, while the 32GB version will be priced at $599.
Moving on to Android, the document claims that we can expect a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet from HTC sometime this June, along with similar devices from Dell, Toshiba, and Acer. HTC's tablet doesn't have any pricing details yet, but the other three products are expected to be priced at $499 each. There's also a Moto tablet (presumably the XOOM) arriving on March 17th for $649; a 7-inch Dell tablet (likely the Streak 7) hitting at the end of the month with Froyo and a $449 price tag; a 7-inch Samsung device also coming at the end of the March with Froyo, but for $499 (Galaxy Tab); and a 7-inch Acer tablet with Gingerbread coming in April for $399.
Finally, the BlackBerry PlayBook is tipped to be arriving on March 27th for $499, $599, or $699 for the 16, 32, and 64GB models, respectively.
It's good to hear that HP is going to be aggressive with its TouchPad pricing, matching that of Apple's iPad, but the good pricing model is almost negated by the fact that the device won't be arriving until June, months after almost every other major tablet will be launched. As for the plethora of Android tablets revealed in this leak, it's good to see that consumers will have so many options when it comes to their next tablet purchase, and I'm sure that more than a few folks are excited to hear that a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet from HTC is on the way. As always, we'll keep you updated as we learn more on all of these devices.
UPDATE: HP CEO Leo Apotheker just confirmed that the TouchPad will be launching in June, although he didn't give up any pricing details. I wouldn't be shocked if the $499/$599 numbers ended up being legit, though.