HP TouchPad price and release date announcedFrom £399, on sale in mid-July
10 June 2011
HP has announced that its answer to the Apple iPad 2, the HP TouchPad, will go on sale in July with prices starting at £399.
Only the wi-fi version will be available at first, which will be sold in 16GB (£399) and 32GB (£479) versions.
These prices match those of Apple's iPad, though there's no word on when a 3G version of HP's tablet will go on sale.
Pre-orders for the HP TouchPad will begin on June 19, though the tentative release date for the UK trails that of the US, France and Germany, each of which will receive it on July 1.
Related: HP TouchPad first look video
HP TouchPad in-brief
Intended as a competitor to the iPad 2, the 9.7-inch TouchPad is based on the webOS operating system developed by Palm, which HP bought for $1.2 billion in April 2010.
Unlike Android, which powers a number of tablets and has been the principal competitor to the iPad up to now, webOS is exclusive to HP.
The TouchPad weighs a shade over 740 grams and is only 13.7mm thick. It also features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and stereo speakers.
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