HP TouchPad tablets to go on sale next month

By on June 9, 2011
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webOS-based tablets will be available in WiFi-only 16GB and 32GB versions.

HP today announced the release date for its awaited webOS-based TouchPad tablets during the HP Discover event.

The tablets will be available in the United States on July 1, with the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany to receive it a few days later. Canada will receive it during mid-July, while other countries like Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore are scheduled for later in the year.

The HP TouchPad will be available in WiFi-only models, with the 16GB SKU retailing at $499 and the 32GB at $599. Preorders in North America and Europe will begin June 19.

Press release:

HP (NYSE:HPQNews) today announced that the Wi-Fi version of HP TouchPad will be available in the United States on July 1.

HP’s first webOS tablet will be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany a few days later and in Canada in mid-July, with availability scheduled to follow later this year in Italy and Spain, as well as in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore.

HP TouchPad will be available from U.S. retailers, commercial resellers and direct from HP with the option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage(1) for $499.99 and $599.99, respectively.(2) Preorders in North America and Europe will begin June 19.

“What makes HP TouchPad a compelling alternative to competing products is webOS,” said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. “The platform’s unmatched features and flexibility will continue to differentiate HP products from the rest of the market for both personal and professional use. This is only the beginning of what HP’s scale can do with webOS.”

With webOS, HP TouchPad users have a next-level multitasking experience, access to the web, premium audio playback with stereo speakers and Beats Audio™ technology, the ability to find information on the device or in the cloud using the Just Type feature, integrated access to their information with HP Synergy, and HP’s exclusive Touch to Share capability for sharing web addresses between HP TouchPad and compatible webOS phones.(3)

Optional accessories for HP TouchPad include the HP Touchstone Charging Dock, the HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard and the HP TouchPad Case (sold separately).

HP also announced it will be partnering with AT&T to introduce a connected version of HP TouchPad later this summer. More information will be available closer to availability.

U.S. retailers and commercial resellers for HP TouchPad will include Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Walmart, Sam’s Club, OfficeMax, Amazon.com, Fry’s, Microcenter, other leading local and regional retailers, and HP’s online stores. Specific pricing and availability for HP TouchPad in Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom will be announced regionally. Details for Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore and Spain will be announced at a later date.

More information about HP TouchPad, including product features and specs, is available atwww.hpwebos.com/us/products/pads/touchpad.


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