Announced back in February, right before the Mobile World Congress, the HP TouchPad is HP's first webOS-based tablet. The TouchPad runs webOS 3.0 and is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 CPU. While HP also announced a WWAN version with GSM/UMTS support for later this year, the currently available WiFi only version supports dualband (2.4 and 5 GHz) WiFi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. Like other high-end smartphones and tablets, the HP TouchPad features a light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer) and gyroscope. The tablet features a 4:3 9.7" XGA (1024 x 768) capacitive multitouch display.
On the front, the TouchPad features a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for live video calling but there's no main camera on the back. However, the TouchPad's internal stereo speakers are "Beats Audio"-enhanced.
The HP TouchPad measures 240 x 190 x 13.7 mm and is featuring either 16 GB or 32 GB of inbuilt memory which can't be expanded. Also the 6300 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery, which can be charged through the standard micro USB port or the HP Touchstone wireless charging dock, isn't user removable/replaceable.
The HP TouchPad is available un the U.S. since early July. In Europe, the HP TouchPad will be available first in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany in mid July, as it will be available in Canada in mid July. Further availability is scheduled to follow later this year in Italy and Spain, as well as in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore.
The 16 GB version costs US$ 499.99/479 Euro while the 32 GB version costs US$ 599.99/579 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne