WebOS-powered TouchPad arrives on the 1st of July

HP’s ‘iPad killer’ just weeks away

HP announced that the firm’s HP TouchPad tablet will be available on the 1st of July in the US with the firm’s webOS tablet appearing in Europe ‘a few days later.’

The 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet is the first appearance of the firm’s Palm-aquired WebOS in tablet form. Armed with a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM processor, the Wi-Fi only version will appear first and be priced at $499.99 for a 16GB version and $599.99 for the 32GB model.

HP’s Palm boss Jon Rubinstein was keen to underline the WebOS operating system as a "compelling alternative" to rivals in the tablet market.

"The platform’s unmatched features and flexibility will continue to differentiate HP products from the rest of the market," said Rubinstein.

Available at launch will be a number of accessories including the HP Touchstone Charging Dock, TouchPad Wireless Keyboard and the HP TouchPad Case.

The world’s largest computer maker previously announced that WebOS would appear on the firm’s range of desktop PCs as well as powering a number of alternative devices including multifunction printers.

"This is only the beginning of what HP’s scale can do with webOS," said Rubinstein.

HP will be accepting pre orders in North America and Europe on the 19th of June. The firm said retail partners in Europe would be announced ‘regionally’ but has not yet made a UK announcement.

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