HP TouchPad Headed for Retail, Channel July 1

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HP will first release a WiFi-only version of its iPad killer TouchPad tablet on July 1 at a host of retailers, through its commercial partners and direct from HP. Here's how the pricing compares to Apple's iPad 2.

"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, in a statement. "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."

HP has announced that the WiFi version of its HP TouchPad tablet will be available in the United States starting on July 1.

Long awaited by channel partners and their customers, HP’s webOS 10-inch tablet will support Flash and be available both through the channel, through U.S. retailers and direct from HP. The devices will come with either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage for $499 and $599 respectively. Apple's iPad 2 starts at $499. Preorders in North America and Europe for HP's TouchPad will be taken starting June 19.

At its HP Americas Partner Conference in the spring, HP demonstrated how a webOS phone could share information such as a web page with the webOS-based HP TouchPad tablet by just touching one device to the other. HP’s webOS for TouchPad will also be capable of premium audio playback with stereo and  the ability to find information on the device or in the cloud using the Just Type feature.

Optional accessories for HP TouchPad include the HP Touchstone Charging Dock, the HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard and the HP TouchPad Case (sold separately).

HP will be partnering with AT&T to introduce a connected version of HP TouchPad later this summer. More information will be available closer to availability. TouchPad will be available at retail locations including Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Walmart, Sam's Club, OfficeMax, Amazon.com, Fry's, Microcenter, other leading local and regional retailers, and HP's online stores.


Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com