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Leaked HP roadmap shows upgraded TouchPad for Q4 2011

Leaked HP roadmap shows upgraded TouchPad for Q4 2011
Leaked HP roadmap shows upgraded TouchPad for Q4 2011
An HSPA+ model, upgraded 64GB model, and a 7-inch variant could all be coming before the end of the year

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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.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-07- 4 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo

Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.