HP Reveals TouchPad Prices, Availability


Palo Alto, Calif. - The Wi-Fi version of Hewlett-Packard's WebOS-based TouchPad tablet will be in stores July 1 in the U.S. and will be followed later in the summer by a model equipped with AT&T cellular-data service, HP announced.

HP didn't disclose details of the AT&T-equipped version, declining to mention price or service plans, specify whether it would be equipped with 3G or 4G service, or indicate whether two-way video chat would be enabled over cellular data as well as Wi-Fi.

The Wi-Fi version of the industry's first WebOS-based tablet will be available July 1 through U.S. retailers, commercial resellers and direct from HP in 16GB and 32GB versions at estimated street prices of $499 and $599, respectively. U.S. preorders begin June 19.

U.S. retailers and commercial resellers will include Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Walmart, Sam's Club, OfficeMax, Amazon.com, Fry's, Microcenter, other local and regional retailers, and HP's online stores.

The 1.6-pound device, announced without pricing earlier this year, features Web OS 3.0, 9.7-inch XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with 1,024 by 768 18-bit color display, Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.2GHz processor, beta of Adobe Flash Player 10.3, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, assisted GPS on the cellular-equipped version, integrated front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for video chats, stereo speakers with Beats Audio technology, gyroscope, accelerometer and compass.

Other features include stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Microsoft Exchange email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology, POP3/IMAP email, and cellular-based SMS, MMS and IM over cellular. A rear-facing camera wasn't included in the company's spec list.

The TouchPad comes out of the box with such productivity apps as Google Docs or Box.net, ability to print wirelessly to compatible networked HP printers.

The device is 9.45 by 7.48 by 0.54 inches in size with rechargeable 6300 mAh battery.

Optional accessories include the Touchstone charging dock, TouchPad wireless keyboard and TouchPad case.

A few days after the U.S. launch, the tablet will be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany followed in mid-July in Canada. Availability is planned later in the year for Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore.


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