The Wi-Fi enabled HP TouchPad tablet computer will arrive in stores stateside on 1st July 2011. The product will then be launched in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany followed by Canada in mid-July. The last countries to get the device will be Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore.
Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP, argues that the Touchpad has more to offer than its competitors in the tablet market:
“What makes HP TouchPad a compelling alternative to competing products is webOS. 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.”
webOS offers TouchPad users access to the web, audio playback with stereo speakers and Beats Audio™ technology, the ability to find information using the Just Type feature, integrated access to 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.
HP has announced that a “connected” version of the TouchPad will be available later in the summer of 2011 via a collaboration with AT&T.