WebOS is finally coming to the tablet on July 1st when the HP TouchPad will go on sale in the U.S. for $499 for a 16GB model and $599 for a 32GB model. If you don’t want to wait for the release date to pay, you can preorder a TouchPad on June 19th, but you may want to hold on to learn more about a connected TouchPad coming to AT&T later this summer.
The HP TouchPad has a 9.7″ touchscreen with a 1024 x 768 resolution and runs WebOS, a mobile operating system praised for its handling of multitasking and notifications. The HP Touchpad includes Beats Audio and runs a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core CPU. Like the competition, the TouchPad has a light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer), and gyroscope. There is also a front facing 1.3MP camera for video conferencing.
HP TouchPad Demo
HP has priced the TouchPad at $499 and $599 for the 16GB and 32GB models in order to compete with the iPad 2, which is also priced at $499. This is good news for anyone who wants to see HP succeed, but even with a sensible price HP faces an uphill battle in the crowded tablet market.
The HP TouchPad will be available for pre order from HP on June 19th and will be available from numerous retailers on July 1st. Global availability will start shortly after for UK, Ireland, France and Germany and continue later this year for Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore and Spain.