Friday, June 10, 2011

HP TouchPad Available in July

On Thursday, June 9 HP announced that it will be releasing its TouchPad tablet in The United States on Friday, July 1. The TouchPad was first revealed to the public back in February. The 9/7-inch device will come complete with a 1,024 x 768 capacitive screen, a 1.2-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1.3 megapixel webcam, Beats Audio technology, stereo speakers, and video calling support. The device weighs 1.6 pounds and is 13.77mm thick. It will also include Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and fun features like a gyroscope, accelerometer and compass. Basically, it’s got plenty of things to keep you occupied for quite some time!

HP feels that the webOS operating system that is found in the TouchPad will set this device apart from its competitors like the Apple iPad 2, the Motorola Xoom and the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook.

"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.”

According to HP, retailers will be stocking the Wi-Fi version of the device. Customers will have the option of the 16GB tablet for $499.99 or the 32GB tablet for $599.99. If you don’t want a Wi-Fi version of the TouchPad, HP has said that AT&T will offer a 3G version of the tablet a little later in the summer, so you could wait for that.

HP said that they will begin taking preorders for the U.S. and Europe starting Sunday, June 19, and the TouchPad will be arrive in the U.K., France, Ireland and Germany just a few days after it hits the U.S. It will also go to Canada in mid-July and Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore sometime later this year.

There are a variety of stores that are expected to stock the HP tablet in the U.S. including: Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Walmart, Sam’s Club, OfficeMax,, Fry’s, Microcenter and HP’s online store.

"The iPad, which has single-handedly dominated the tablet business since its introduction last year, will account for the bulk of the DRAM demand in the market in 2011 and the following years," IHS principal DRAM and memory analyst Mike Howard noted in an email. "However, competition to the iPad is seeping into the market, driving further DRAM demand."

It will be very interesting to see how the TouchPad does when it hits the shelves. The tablet market is the place to be right now, so hopefully HP will hit a homerun with this new device.

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