At long last, HP has revealed the release date for its highly anticipated webOS tablet, the TouchPad. The official HP Palm blog listed off when you could expect it in various regions of the world for the next several months:
The Wi-Fi version of HP’s first webOS tablet will be available in the U.S. on July 1, followed by the UK, Ireland, France and Germany a few days later and Canada in mid-July. And continuing HP’s phased rollout, webOS fans in Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore and Spain can expect to see HP TouchPad later this year.
The Wi-Fi version of the tablet will retail for $499.99 for the 16GB version and $599.99 for the 32GB version. Preorders for North America and Canada begin on June 19th.
Originally announced on Feb. 9th of this year, the TouchPad is the first tablet to run the webOS operating system that HP acquired when it purchased Palm last year. While there was some initial excitement over the tablet, the long delay in announcing a release date has led to some frustrations among consumers as tablet after tablet has been launching, making it increasingly difficult to wait for this one to finally make its appearance. And while it’s nice to finally get some concrete information on this one, there’s still no word on a 3G version that is eventually coming with service from AT&T at some point this year.
Hopefully the wait will have been worth the wait, but we won’t know until we get our hands on one once they are released.
Are you excited for the release of the TouchPad?