HP announces launch dates for TouchPad tablet

The buzz about HP's first entry into the tablet wars has been everywhere at HP Discover this week, but time after time, the company has failed to announce the release date for the new product. It was expected that the TouchPad release date would be announced during the final keynote this afternoon but HP threw out a curveball and announced the availability this morning through a simple press release.

According to the announcement, consumers in the United States can expect to get their hands on the WiFi version of the webOS tablet on July 1st. It is being released in both 16 GB and 32 GB models, retailing for $499 and $599 respectively. A version tied to AT&T's network will also be available, but not until later this summer. In addition to the HP TouchPad, the Touchstone Charging Dock, Wireless Keyboard, and a case for the device will also be available. As we discussed earlier in the week, the Charging Dock is unique in that the user only needs to set the device on a stand to begin charging. The Touchstone Charging Dock begins charging the device regardless of orientation and can be configured to launch different applications, allowing users to automatically launch an alarm clock in the bedroom and a recipe book in the kitchen, for example.

A video demo with Tim Pettitt, HP's Senior Product Manager for TouchPad and WebOS, was taken at HP Discover and is available on Youtube.

The tablet will be released in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany the following week,with Canadians able to pick up the TouchPad in the middle of July. Other countries can still expect the device in 2011, although specific dates have not been finalized.

Image Courtesy of HPWebos.com

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What's supposed to be so great about WebOS?
Seems kind of stupid to have yet another mobile OS on the market.

ahhell said,
What's supposed to be so great about WebOS?
Seems kind of stupid to have yet another mobile OS on the market.

WebOS is actually wonderful. It's well designed, responsive, and intuitive. I like it because it's a great blend between the responsive and intuitive iOS and the open and customizable Android.

leo221 said,
if it's not way better than ipad or way cheaper than ipad, people won't buy it.

+1
Don't have the apps, iTunes, iBooks, accessories, or stores (for support) and its the same price? No thanks.

"The buzz about HP's first entry into the tablet wars .." ?

There is no tablet war, there is the iPad and some leftovers for other tablets. :-)

alexalex said,
"The buzz about HP's first entry into the tablet wars .." ?

There is no tablet war, there is the iPad and some leftovers for other tablets. :-)

Maybe in the perspective of an Apple fanboy, which lets face it, is not very a good one. They can't see outside what Apple has to offer. Tablets like this, and the new Galaxy Tab are great competitors to the iPad.

tsupersonic said,
Maybe in the perspective of an Apple fanboy, which lets face it, is not very a good one. They can't see outside what Apple has to offer. Tablets like this, and the new Galaxy Tab are great competitors to the iPad.

Just bringing a tablet to market doesn't mean that you're really a competitor. WebOS is far from being a competitor. Apple has developers and 3rd party accessory vendors that make the iPad such a huge draw. Not to mention iTunes. Android is at least getting developers but accessories are scarce for any Android tablet. HP is going to have a hard time being relevant in the near future with the TouchPad. I'm willing to say fail already.

tsupersonic said,
WebOS looks interesting, can't wait to use this. I am considering selling my netbook and getting a tablet + keyboard combo.

If you're planning on getting a tablet + keyboard combo anyway you may want to look into the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. It's about $100 cheaper, has gotten mostly favorable reviews, and runs Android Honeycomb. I don't have one myself but I've been following the android tablet field fairly closely and this is one of the top contenders, especially if you were looking to go the keyboard route too.