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HP Touchpad Priced & Dated, Others Listed

PreCentral has acquired a mysterious retailer roadmap that reveals a nice long list of tablets hitting the market this year including a 7-inch model from HP and a 10-inch model from HTC.

The leaked document reveals two tablets provided by HP: a 7-inch webOS-powered "Opal" tablet, and the 10-inch webOS Touchpad already set to launch in June. HP's 7-inch model currently doesn't have an estimated price (TBD), but is expected to launch in September. The HP Touchpad will reportedly arrive in two flavors including the $499 16 GB version and the $599 32 GB version, both Wi-Fi only.

In April, Acer is expected to launch a 7-inch tablet with Android 2.3 (Froyo) and a nice $399 pricetag. The schedule skips over May (meaning everyone may be too busy playing Duke Nukem Forever to ship anything), leaving five tablets poised and ready for a June launch. One of these of course is the 10-inch HP Touchpad, and joins the 10-inch HTC tablet (price TBD), the $499 10-inch Dell tablet, the $449 10-inch Acer tablet, and the $499 10-inch Toshiba tablet. All four non-HP tablets will come packed with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).

It's assumed that the 7-inch Acer tablet will be the ICONIA TAB A100 and the 10-inch tablet will be the ICONIA TAB A500. The Toshiba tablet currently doesn't have a name, but will come packed with Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual-core processor and a 1280 x 800 native resolution. This is also the same tablet Toshiba's Rob Wilkinson said was superior to the hot-off-the-press iPad 2 thanks to the hardware underneath its 10-inch screen.

Although 2011 may be the year of copycats, it's also the year consumers have a wider variety when choosing the right tablet. According to the list, the Motorola XOOM kicked off the copycat train just this month which will roll on through the year until the release of HP's 7-inch tablet in September. Anything after that will need a new leaked retail roadmap. Still, both iOS and Android have their strengths and weaknesses, so deciding on the right tablet may be quite difficult, especially when the purchase will be long-term.