HP just announced the much awaited release of HP TouchPad and the big day will be on July 1, 2011 for the United States , UK, Ireland, France and Germany a few days later, then mid-July in Canada and finally for webOS fanboys in Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore and Spain later this year. You read the Full PR after the break.
HP TouchPad will be available in 3G/Wifi or Wifi connectivity and 16 GB and 32 GB models, it will running webOS 2.0 that was acquired when HP bought Palm last April 2011.
HP Touchpad Specs:
1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 processor
3.58-inch WVGA multitouch screen with 24-bit color, 480 x 800 screen res.
Redesigned vertical slide-out QWERTY keyboard with backlight
Optional 8 or 16 GB internal storage
512 MB RAM
Support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta
Integrated GPS (and A-GPS)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five Wifi enabled devices
5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, HD camcorder up to 720p video recording
Front-facing VGA fixed-focus camera
POP3 and IMAP Support
Proximity sensor, light sensor, accelerometer and compass
Li-on 1,230 mAh battery
Since the Middle East is usually included when a product/device is release in Europe, we can expect HP TouchPad to make an appearance in the Arab countries by Mid-July. The US retail price for the HP TouchPad is $499.99 (16GB) or $599.99 (32GB). Though pre-order can be made as early as June 19 for the North America and European region.
HP Announces HP TouchPad Availability for United States, Europe and Canada
Wi-Fi version of first HP webOS tablet also coming to Asia Pacific later this year
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 9, 2011 – HP 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 at www.hpwebos.com/us/products/pads/touchpad.