HP TouchPad launching in U.S. July 1

HP dishes out details about U.S. and global availability, as well as pricing, for its first WebOS tablet.

HP TouchPad
HP TouchPad James Martin/CNET

Today, HP announced its first WebOS-based tablet, the HP TouchPad, will be available in the U.S. starting July 1 for $499.99 for the 16GB, Wi-Fi model and $599.99 for the 32GB model.

Preorders will begin on June 19, and the WebOS-based tablet will be sold at various retailers, including Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Staples, Sam's Club, Office Depot, and Amazon.com. HP said the TouchPad will also be available from AT&T later this summer, though pricing for this model was not revealed at this time.

In addition to the U.S., the TouchPad will arrive in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, and Germany a few days after the U.S. launch. HP expects to ship in Canada by mid-July, followed by Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Singapore later this year.

Announced in early February, the HP TouchPad features a 9.7-inch capacitive touch screen, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video calls but no rear-facing camera. In addition to the capabilities of WebOS, the TouchPad also has HP's touch-to-share technology, which allows you to share information between WebOS devices simply by touching them together.

For more on the HP TouchPad tablet, check out our First Take here .

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Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.


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