Hewlett-Packard to launch TouchPad in July

Hewlett-Packard to launch TouchPad in July

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

HEWLETT-PACKARD said the WiFi version of its HP TouchPad will be available in the US on July 1, joining a crowded market for tablet computers.

A local HP spokesman said the TouchPad “will be released this year in Australia”. However, he would not provide pricing, availability or specifications.

The device, the company’s first using webOS, the operating system it acquired through its purchase of Palm, will be available in Britain, Ireland, France and Germany a few days later and in Canada in mid-July. HP plans to sell it in other countries later this year.

Tablet shipments are expected to soar amid a rush of new entrants to the market and the success of Apple’s blockbuster iPad. Competitors such as Samsung Electronics, Motorola Mobility and Dell have rolled out tablets running Google Android system that have been met with limited success.

Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager in HP’s Palm Global Business Unit, said Thursday webOS is what makes its device “a compelling alternative to competing products.” The company also said it will partner with AT&T to introduce a mobile-connected version of the device later this summer.

HP TouchPad will be sold with 16 or 32 gigabytes of internal storage for $US499 ($470) or $US599, respectively.