HP TouchPad lands on 15 July

Well, we did estimate mid-July and guess what? Yes, the HP TouchPad is landing right in the middle of July, specifically on 15 July in the UK.

The TouchPad is priced from £399, which gets you the 16GB model. If that's not enough storage, £479 will secure you double the storage (32GB). Both models should be available from that launch date, just two weeks from today, from PC World, Currys, Amazon, Argos, Comet and the Carphone Warehouse. As you might have noticed, that's exactly the same price as the equivalent models of Apple's iPad 2. No price war here.

Of course, storage is alike, but both are very different beasts. Obviously this is a webOS rather than an iOS tablet, with the TouchPad also offering a 9.7-inch capacitive multi-touch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity plus Beats by Dr Dre audio technology and stereo speakers. There's also a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling and the option to sync with your Palm Pre 3 phone, the latter a fairly niche feature in the UK.

Like all tablets outside the mainstream operating systems, apps might be a problem, although HP is promising content from the likes of The Guardian, Last FM, Warner Bros and Sky News at launch, with more UK content to follow.

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