The WebOS-powered HP TouchPad will arrive in British retail in two-weeks time and will come with a range of locally tailored exclusive applications.
The Wi-Fi only TouchPad will be priced at £399 for the 16GB model and £479 for the larger 32GB unit. Major retail chains PC World, Currys, Argos, Comet and the Carphone Warehouse will carry the TouchPad while HP will also sell the tablet direct.
Based on a 1.2Ghz dual-core 'Snapdragon' ARM CPU, the 9.7-inch tablet carries a 1024 x 768 resolution screen and a forward facing camera as well as the usual array of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
"We're really excited to be bringing the HP TouchPad to UK consumers," said HP personal system boss Paul Hunter. "It really is a fantastic device, combining cutting edge hardware with a world class leading operating system," he added
The exclusive content appearing on the device will come from some local partners such as The Guardian and Sky News, but they'll also be offerings from lastFM and Warner Bros, they said. HP said that further products based on WebOS would appear soon.