Leaked HP roadmap shows upgraded TouchPad for Q4 2011
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According to a “confidential HP product brief,” precentral.net is claiming that HP is already planning its next tablet offering for a release as early as late 2011.
The leaked roadmap shows a 64GB TouchPad and even a 4G model for an August launch. The 64GB model will reportedly come in a glossy white finish with a CPU upgrade. Exactly what kind of an upgrade the tablet will receive is unknown, but precentral is predicting a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor. For comparison, the current TouchPad sports a 1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU.
Meanwhile, the 4G variant is expected to hit the AT&T network with HSPA+ support and come in glossy black. Its specs, according to the leak, is to be the same as the current 32GB SKU.
Another tablet from HP could also be in the works for a fall 2011 release. The webOS roadmap lists “Opal” in the timeline, which we have previously reported to be the rumored 7-inch webOS tablet. This falls in line quite nicely with our report last month about a 7-inch TouchPad coming in September, as well. Readers may recall that the 9.7-inch TouchPad itself was codenamed “Topaz” during its development. Opal may very well be marketed as part of the TouchPad family.
Additional details on these supposed future HP tablets are still slim, but we can definitely expect more webOS devices to come in the future. After all, HP didn’t buyout Palm Inc. to build just one tablet and a couple of smartphones.