TouchPad release date and pricing made official: July 1st, $499.99 for 16GB and $599.99 for 32GB; AT&T cellular later in summer
Well, it seems every rumor we had about the supposed launch date for the HP TouchPad didn’t pan out: it’s July 1st. The Wi-Fi-only TouchPad will be released in 16GB and 32GB varieties, priced at $499.99 and $599.99, respectively. At least that matched up with expectations and leaks.
The July 1 release date is currently for the United States, with the UK, Ireland, France, and Germany (countries with established webOS distribution) getting it “a few days later” and Canada in mid-July. The roll-out will continue across the globe through the year, with planned distribution in the new countries of Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, and Spain. Pre-orders for US and European customers (at least the “few days later” countries) will open on June 19th.
Additionally, HP has announced a cellular-connected version of the TouchPad, due later this summer. They’ve partnered with AT&T for the cellular webOS tablet, no idea whether this is going to be 3G, fake-4G, or actually 4G.
Press release after the break.
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.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that the Wi-Fi version of HP TouchPad will be available in the United States on July 1.
“What makes HP TouchPad a compelling alternative to competing products is webOS”
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.