On Thursday June 9, HP announced that their new tablet, the HP TouchPad, will be released on July 1. The Canadian release date of the device is not yet confirmed, with HP only stating that it will be available here in “mid July”.
The HP TouchPad is powered by webOS, which HP acquired from Palm when they purchased the company in early 2010.
Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP said in a press release that “What makes HP TouchPad a compelling alternative to competing products is webOS, 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.”
The HP Touchpad runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.2 GHZ processor, has a 9.7 inch touchscreen, and comes in 16, or 32 GB models.
The TouchPad made a surprise appearance at Computex earlier this month.
The 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 memory for $499.99 and $599.99, respectively. Preorders in North America and Europe will begin June 19.