HP has announced that its first-ever webOS powered tablet, the TouchPad, will be landing in the UK next month.
Unveiled by the computer giant back in February at its Think Beyond event, the TouchPad is available to pre-order right now from HP’s website and is expected to begin shipping in July.
Initially, only the Wi-Fi version of the slate will be available in 16GB and 32GB SKUs, for £399 and £479 respectively. This means the TouchPad will match its iPad 2 counterparts in pricing exactly.
The parallels with Apple's slate carries continues with the screen size, too, as the TouchPad will be also home to a 9.7-inch touchscreen display. And although it is closer to the original iPad in thickness, a powerful 1.2GHz dual core processor from Qualcomm, plus twice the memory of Apple’s slate amply fill the extra depth.
A front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera is onboard for video calls but sadly there isn’t one at the back, which makes no sense whatsoever.
Save for this minor gripe, the TouchPad is a rather smart, slick bit of kit. Not to mention it’s powered by the latest, most powerful version webOS yet, which we must say scales beautifully on the large screen.
To place your orders for the TouchPad, head over to HP’s website.