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HP TouchPad Priced At £399 Coming Next Month

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HP TouchPad

When it launched back in February, most people bemoaned the fact the HP TouchPad – as well as the Veer and Pre 3 smartphones – wouldn’t be arriving until the summer. But the wait is finally over with the TouchPad launching next month.

HP, on its official blog, has confirmed that the TouchPad will be available to buy on 1 July in the United States and this will be followed a couple of days later in the UK, Ireland, France and Germany. Further countries will be added to the roster in the following months. The edition which will go on sale will be the Wi-Fi only model with the “connected version” coming to the States later this summer. Whether that will be 3G or 4G is unclear. The TouchPad will come in two sizes with the 16GB model costing £399 and the larger 32GB model retailing at £479 which is identical to pricing for the iPad 2. Pre-orders for the tablet will begin in the US and Europe from 19 June.

Logo - TouchPad

Last month HP’s European head Eric Cador said the 9.7in TouchPad would be “better than number one” in the tablet market. The TouchPad has a few unique features besides the webOS 3.0 platform, including the TouchStone wireless charging system which also allows it to communicate wirelessly with HP phones. The 9.7in screen packs in a healthy 1,024 x 768 pixels while powering things along is a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, with 1GB of RAM to keep it fed with data. Whether the webOS platform will be enough to convince users that the TouchPad is “better than number one,” is unclear but it is good to see HP realise that pricing the tablets at more than the iPad 2 was not a good idea - its just a pity it didn't undercut the pricing to make things really interesting.

HP TouchPad

Source: Official HP Palm Blog

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June 9, 2011, 9:41 pm

Just what the world needs - another tablet OS, this time with almost no applications.

Ala Miah

June 10, 2011, 12:05 am

Finally a tablet I can get with!

Now only if they announced the pricing earlier I could started saving.

Anyway can't wait to get my hand on one of these! Waiting for review as well.


June 10, 2011, 1:40 am

I think they should be selling off the stock of old handsets dirt cheap to get webos out there and focus on getting the phone out. People are always buying phones and webos may convince them to buy the tablet.

As it stands this is a tablet from a company known for making unimpressive but solid business orientated products with an unknown OS and precious little marketing outside the geek world. Poor app support just adds to the problem and I reckon a loss will be made on this product, leading to poor publicity and ultimately poor phone sales.

Tip, HP. Get the product most likely to get bought out first. Tablets are niche devices and Apple got there first. Yes, I have no doubt yours will be better than an iPad but people buy these things for the apps and you don't have any because very few people use your phones.

My old Pre has fallen apart and is now no longer usable. The Pre plus is heading that way and very few people have a pre 2 because no carriers took it up and you're selling it at silly money for something which is about to be superceeded. It'll be worthless stock soon, so sell it at a loss to get the operating system publicity. You'll minimise losses, get publicity, get approval as the device does a hell of a lot for what you'd be flogging as a mid range device and then app developers will get on board, not abandon the platform in droves like they have been doing.... and you announcing this months before it was even close to ready without any useful release date just adds to the problem.

Sod off, HP. You got a gift from Palm and somehow you have ruined an amazing chance by employing the business acumen of a horse with scabies. You do commercial stuff well, but you've no idea how to get consumers on board.

Ala Miah

June 10, 2011, 2:38 am

What's with the obsession with apps? I've had an iphone, i downloaded a million apps. I only ever used 5 or 6 repeatedly. Most were deleted after first use or never used again at all.

Some apps are useful but majority 99 are useless. The web fulfils that gap when you need something. You don't need an app there all the time taking up memory and cluttering the home page just because there's an app for it.

Games and some interesting useful apps + web is all that you need!

I have no doubt that eventually there will be some apps for the HP but it certainly won't put me off buying one in the first place


June 10, 2011, 2:17 pm

Lol will be stomped by the iPad2.


June 11, 2011, 3:48 am

@Ala Miah

It is not an obsession with apps, but it's making the device useful for anything. Otherwise what are you going to use the device for?
A web browser for 400 quid ?!?

They've got it wrong on the most important aspects:
- Pricing - they should have undercut apple
- Support - apps not only make the device more useful for customenrs, but the actual Appstore make a lot of money for Apple and also for the developers, which in turn make it even more popular and combined with a high quality design and build creates a fanbase. but it's not only the appstore, what about Apple's bookstore and itunes? How are HP going to compete with all of that?


June 11, 2011, 4:04 pm

A "business oriented" tablet with no way of having VGA or even HDMI output.

Genius. From the webpage seems the main selling point is it plays Flash, they mention it at least once in every page. I wonder if Apple did support flash what would these companies do..

This one will sell well... if they give them away when you purchase a computer from them. Oh wait, not even their computers are selling well anymore - make that when you purchase a printer, or their ridiculously overpriced ink.

Too little, too late HP.

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