HP TouchPad Pre-Orders Open; 16GB for $499, 32GB for $599, Ships July 1st

The much awaited tablet HP TouchPad is now available for pre-orders on the official HP site and several retailers including Amazon and BestBuy. The tablet runs on WebOS 3.0 and will sport a 9.7 inch display and a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 Ghz processor. (HP TouchPad Specs)

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The pricing for the HP TouchPad 16GB in UK is £399 (~$643) and for the 32GB TouchPad is £479 (~$773). In the United States the tablet pricing is $499.99 for the 16GB version and $599.99 for the 32GB version. The pricing of the device looks on par with other tablet devices available in the market.

HP is betting big in the tablet market with their WebOS 3.0 platform and had also said that they would be manufacturing PCs and Laptops which will run the software. The launch of the TouchPad in July should give them an idea on how consumers react to it. It will also be pitting WebOS 3.0 against Apple’s iOS which runs and and Google’s which powers several tablets including the and 10.1.

So if you are looking forward to get your hands on the HP TouchPad, you can pre-order the HP TouchPad tablet for US from Amazon or directly pre-order it for UK from here.

HP TouchPad 32 GB Wi-Fi Priced at $599

The HP TouchPad, which will be the first webOS tablet, is touted to be the only tablet which can compete with the iPad and Honeycomb tablets. The RIM Blackberry Playbook hasn’t seen very good sales yet. webOS on the tablet has received some great reviews though, just like its smartphone counterpart.

Thanks to HP’s massive distribution network and reach, the HP TouchPad is expected have much better sales than the Playbook. We have seen glimpses of the TouchPad before, but the pricing details haven’t been announced yet. Today, a screenshot of Walmart’s inventory system was leaked by PreCentral, which reveals that the TouchPad will be priced at $599 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi version. The iPad 2 32 GB Wi-Fi is also priced the same, so I’m guessing HP doesn’t plan to compete on price.

Walmart will also be selling the Touchstone charger dock for $79.98, and a webOS Bluetooth keyboard for $69.98. The HP TouchPad may be launched by the first week of June.

The HP TouchPad comes with a 9.7 inch display with a resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels. It will run webOS 3.0 and comes with a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz processor. It has 32 GB internal storage and comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. It is powered by a 6300 mAh battery.

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HP TouchPad Priced at $699?

A new rumor says that HP’s new webOS tablet, which was unveiled on February 9 at HP’s webOS press event, will be priced at $699, which is quite close to the iPad, and less than what the Motorola Xoom is to be priced at. The pricing seems decent, but a lower price point would have helped HP a lot more if it really wants to make a dent in the iPad’s market share.

BGR‘s sources also point that HP will be launching the TouchPad by the end of June 2011, which should send it straight into war with the likes of the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Apple iPad 2, Blackberry Playbook and just about every other promising tablet announced at CES and even those which are expected to be unveiled at MWC.

The HP TouchPad is a very promising tablet which runs webOS 3.0. It offers very tight integration with webOS based devices like the Palm Pre 3. It comes with a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and offers 1 GB RAM. It also has a 9.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. It also comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. It has a 1.3 MP front facing camera as well, for video calling. The Wi-Fi only version of the TouchPad will likely be priced much lower than this.

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HP TouchPad Announced; Features Tight Integration With WebOS Running Handsets

HP announced the big brother’ of the Veer and the Pre 3 the TouchPad. As we reported earlier, the TouchPad is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.2GHz. The tablet will sport a 9.7-inch XGA (1024×768) display and will be 13.7mm thick. The tablet will pack 1GB of RAM and will be available in capacities of 16GB or 32GB.

The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The tablet will also feature Beats audio technology which will be complemented by the stereo speakers. Sadly, the TouchPad will only have a single front-facing 1.3MP camera for video calling.

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The TouchPad will run on webOS v3.0 and will feature tight integration with other webOS devices like the Pre 3 or the Veer. Users can read their messages received on their webOS powered handsets right on their TouchPad! The tablet will also be able to multi-task easily. At the event, the tablet was shown running a full screen streaming Flash 10.1 video without breaking into a sweat.

Many of the inbuilt apps of WebOS have also been redesigned to take the advantage of a bigger screen on the TouchPad. These applications include the Mail app and the Photos app. Users can comment on photos on Facebook right from within the Photos app.

Users can also share data between the TouchPad and any of the latest webOS running handsets by just touching them.  Users can even answer calls coming on their Pre 3/Veer right from their TouchPad including video calls!

The size of the virtual keyboard can also be increased or decreased depending on the users preference.   Accessories available for the TouchPad at the time of launch will include a case-cum-stand, keyboard and a new Touchstone dock.

The Wi-Fi version of the HP TouchPad will hit the shelves by summer this year, with the 3G and the 4G versions following.  Sadly, HP did not mention anything about the price of the TouchPad.

HP Palm TouchPad Tablet Specs Leak Before Announcement

The folks over at PreCentral have managed to get their hands on the specifications of the upcoming Palm TouchPad from HP. In all probability, the Palm TouchPad will be announced by HP at their ongoing event.

According to the leaked image, the Palm TouchPad will sport a 9.7-inch screen with a XGA (1024×768) resolution. The tablet will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz MSM8660 processor from Qualcomm.

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The Palm TouchPad will feature dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n along with Bluetooth and optional GPS. A 3.5mm jack along with a microUSB port for charging and connecting the tablet to the PC will also be present. The tablet will also house stereo speakers along with a notification LED light and a Home button. The tablet will also house a front facing 1.3MP camera for video chats. Other features of the tablet include an accelerometer, a microphone, Ambient light sensor and an eCompass.

The TouchPad will be available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. It will be powered by a 24WHr non-removable battery, which according to HP will be good enough to power the tablet 8+ hours of use. This tablet from HP will be running on Palm’s WebOS and the Wi-Fi version of the tablet will be available by Q1 of this year.