HP’s TouchPad tablet coming next month

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Hewlett-Packard Co.’s TouchPad tablet running WebOS will be available in Canada in mid-July, after a July 1 introduction in the U.S., the company said Thursday.

The 16 GB model, which will cost US$499.99, will only have Wi-Fi connectivity. There will also be a 32 GB version for $599.99. Both will be sold in the U.S. through retailers such as Best Buy and Staples.

In the U.S. AT&T will also sell a cellular wireless version of the tablet “later this summer,” HP said in a statement. No details on pricing for that version were announced.
There was no word on Canadian carriers who will offer the cellular model.

HP said the Wi-Fi version will be available in the U.K., Ireland, France and Germany a few days after going on sale in the U.S., and in Canada in mid-July. Sales in Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore will “follow later this year,” HP said.

The TouchPad’s display measures 9.7-inches, the same as the iPad, the clear market leader in a crowded field of tablets. HP said in February that the WebOS will set its tablet apart, including its tight integration with other products running WebOS, including its phones, printers and eventually PCs.
Optional accessories sold separately for the TouchPad include a Touchstone charge dock, a wireless keyboard and a case.

In a statement, Jon Rubinstein, general manager of the Palm unit at HP, which is behind the WebOS, called the new tablet “only the beginning of what HP’s scale can do with WebOS.”

(From Computerworld U.S.)

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