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.