HP TouchPad Release Date, Price Announced

06/09/2011 09:36 am ET | Updated Aug 09, 2011

The release date and pricetag for the HP TouchPad tablet has officially been announced.

The HP TouchPad will be available for pre-order starting June 19 and will go on sale July 1 for $499 (16 GB version) and $599 (32GB). By comparison, the iPad also costs $499 for a 16 GB version and $599 for a 32 GB vesion.

The TouchPad is the first tablet from HP running webOS, the operating system developed by Palm, which HP purchased for $1.8 billion last year. The AP explains, "Hewlett-Packard Co. has previously made tablets based on Windows, but webOS is a cellphone operating system, making the TouchPad more like the iPad than a PC."

The HP TouchPad will be available "in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany a few days later and in Canada in mid-July, with availability scheduled to follow later this year in Italy and Spain, as well as in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore," according to a press release.

See photos of the TouchPad on HuffPostTech here.

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