HP TouchPad Goes Global: UK Pricing, Release & Retailers

Hewlett Packard’s new “TouchPad” tablet with webOS was announced a little while back, and was picked out to be a stiff competitor against Apple’s iPad 2. It includes some fantastic specs and in recent weeks, we have compared it to its main rival above. Just today, Debbie here at OSM brought you some expert reviews of the slate including good and bad feedback, with the overall decision resting in your hands.

We have already given you news of U.S pre-orders being taken of the TouchPad at retailers Best Buy and Amazon with an official release tomorrow July 1st, but we now wanted to share snippets of information surrounding the UK market.

Before we hit you with a refresh of its specs, we have to tell you that the 9.7-inch TouchPad will be available in stores such as PC World, Amazon, Argos, Carphone Warehouse and as Engadget listed, HP’s official website HP.com, on July 15th. Pricing will vary dependant on how much Gigabyte you opt for, for the lower 16GB WiFi-only version, this will come in at £399 ($660) or for the 32GB £479 ($790).

Taken from a statement from VP at HP Personal Systems Group “Paul Hunter” he said, “We’re really excited to be bringing the HP TouchPad to UK consumers. It really is a fantastic device, combining cutting edge hardware with a world class leading operating system. HP is taking the user experience to a new level.”

If we just revert back to the TouchPad’s specs, we can tell you that it will include a smaller display than that of the iPad 2, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Near Field Communication (NFC) allowing you to process a payment using your device, 1.3MP camera for video chat, new Touch to Share feature and so on.

As we mentioned check out the expert reviews before you make that final buying decision. Thoughts on the new tablet were mixed with some giving it praise for its display, Skype inclusion and webOS compatibility whilst others commented on the lazy performance, lack of apps and poor battery life.

Let us know your thoughts on the new TouchPad? Are you tempted and if so which retailer will you be happy to shop with? If not the TouchPad, which tablet ticks the boxes for you, is it the hard to beat iPad 2, BlackBerry PlayBook, HTC Flyer, Motorola Xoom or perhaps you are holding out for Amazon’s new tablet, yet to be named?