HP today announced that the WiFi version of its HP TouchPad webOS tablet will be available in the United States on July 1 where it will be available from retailers, commercial resellers and direct from HP with the option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage for US$ 499.99 and US$ 599.99 respectively. In Germany and further European countries, the HP TouchPad will be available in the first week of July for 479 Euro or 579 Euro respectively and the preorders in North America and Europe will begin June 19. Running webOS 3.0, HP TouchPad users have a next-level multitasking experience, access to the web, premium audio playback with stereo speakers and Beats Audio technology.
Furthermore, the HP TouchPad features the ability to find information on the device or in the cloud using the Just Type feature, integrated access to their information with HP Synergy, and HP's exclusive Touch to Share capability for sharing web addresses between HP TouchPad and compatible webOS phones. Optional accessories for HP TouchPad include the HP Touchstone Charging Dock, the HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard and the HP TouchPad Case (sold separately).
U.S. retailers and commercial resellers for HP TouchPad will include Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Walmart, Sam's Club, OfficeMax, Amazon.com, Fry's, Microcenter, other leading local and regional retailers as well as HP's online stores. In Europe, the HP TouchPad will be available first in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany a few days after its U.S. launch and in Canada in mid-July, with availability scheduled to follow later this year in Italy and Spain, as well as in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore.
HP has not yet announced any launch details of the 3G version but it's expected that it will be released anytime after the WiFi version.
Cheers ~ Arne