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New details

have emerged about the tablet plans of Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and Research

In Motion, if a price sheet, said to be a leaked road map from a big-box

retailer, is correct.

Pre Central

posted the road map March 14, and it shows the 10-inch Motorola Xoom going on

sale March 17 for $649, followed by the 7-inch RIM BlackBerry PlayBook March

27, for $499, $599 and $699, based on configurations.

Farther down

the line, however, it appears that HP’s 9.7-inch TouchPad, which company

officials have so far only said will launch “this summer,” is slated

for a June arrival, at $499 and $599, for a 16GB WiFi version and a 32GB

version, respectively.


it seems HP is also working on a 7-inch model—said to be code-named “Opal,”

according to Pre Central—that’s slated for a September release.

Those details

match up with those that a source fed to Engadget in January, reporting

that HP was working on two tablets, a larger device code-named

“Topaz” and a smaller one called Opal, which would ship three months

later than its larger mate. The source also shared that the tablets would

likely offer induction-based charging, similar to the Palm Pre’s Touchstone

charger, and a feature called Tap-to-Share, which lets users share a link, a

document or a song between devices by tapping them together. A “huge

amount” of cloud storage was also expected to be offered.

For more, read the eWEEK article: HP TouchPad Planned for June, 7-Inch Tablet in September: Report.