Rumor: Retailer Leak Reveals Major Tablet Releases Update

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Update: A slightly different release spreadsheet from Staples has surfaced on Droid Life, corraborating some of this information while providing some of its own, such a listing of an 8.9-inch Samsung Honeycomb tablet (most likely the aptly-named Galaxy Tab 8.9).










Leaked Release SheetA photo of a retailer’s tablet release spreadsheet has surfaced on PreCentral, revealing the pricing and release dates of numerous tablets, many of which were previously unknown.

The sheet, sent in by an anonymous tipster, is of dubious nature, with its origins unknown; the large-scale retailer that it’s supposedly for was not identified. Nevertheless, it does contain some interesting information, if it’s true.

Perhaps most intriguing is the listing of an HTC 10-inch tablet running Honeycomb, which does not have any pricing listed, but is slated for a June release. Hopefully, an official reveal of this device will come soon and with it, more information.

HP’s attempts to keep the pricing and release information on its tablets a secret are also undermined by the release sheet, with the HP TouchPad (10-inch tablet, as well) revealed to have a June release. The webOS tablet will be listed at $499 or $599 with a hard drive. The 7-inch tablet that HP has in the works (codenamed “Opal”) also makes an appearance on the sheet, but without any pricing information. The release timeframe listed for it is September.

Other appearances include a Motorola 10-inch Honeycomb tablet for $649 being released on Thursday (likely the Wi-Fi-only version of the Xoom); a 7-inch Froyo Dell tablet for $449 at the end of March (perhaps a Wi-Fi-only version of the Dell Streak 7); a 7-inch BlackBerry tablet on March 27 for $499, $599, or $699 depending on capacity (probably the PlayBook); and a 7-inch Acer tablet for $399 in April. Oddly enough, the 7-inch Acer tablet will run Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread.

A 10-inch tablet from Acer also made the cut, but unlike the 7-inch tablet, it is possibly identifiable: it could be the previously revealed Iconia A500, which we actually spent a little time with this past weekend.

Source: PreCentral



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