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.
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.
Source: Official HP Palm Blog