HP has officially announced the international availability and pricing of the hotly anticipated TouchPad with webOS 3.0. While the tablet will be arriving a bit later than earlier rumors claimed, it will still be hitting store shelves and in consumers’ hands well before summer is out.
The TouchPad looks similar to a dozen other tablets that have come out recently. It’s flat, it’s rectangular, it’s predominantly made up of screen… While its screen size and resolution do differ from the Honeycomb crop (9.7-inches, 1024 x 768, exactly the same as the iPad), the real story with the TouchPad is the introduction of a new operating system to the market.
The TouchPad runs webOS 3.0, and OS that has yet to be seen on any tablet, and that plans to go toe to toe with the likes of iOS, Android Honeycomb, and BlackBerry Tablet OS. U.S. users can find out if the TouchPad can compete on July 1, when the Wi-Fi version of the device becomes available stateside.
The July 1 release does not hold across the world, with international release slated for a “few days later,” mid-July, or “later this year,” depending on the country. Customers in North America and Europe can pre-order the TouchPad starting on June 19.
The TouchPad will cost $500 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi-only model, and $600 for the 32 GB version. It will be available at the following in store and online locations: Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, OfficeMax, Amazon.com, Fry’s, Microcenter, other leading local and regional retailers, and HP’s online store.
Connected Version of the TouchPad Coming Soon
HP mentioned in its press release, almost as an afterthought, that a data connected version of the TouchPad is on its way. It will be available from AT&T, and HP has said it will arrive later this summer. No pricing or further release information is currently available.