HP TouchPad to be launched at price of $499

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The much-awaited tablet, the 9.7-inch HP TouchPad which was announced by HP back in February is now finally set to be launched in June with the price tag of around $499, as per knowledgeable anonymous sources that contacted Pre Central. US will release first webOS Tablet most possibly with global availability to follow soon. Though there is no official announcement by the company regarding price and release date of this device. There are a few surprises as well like HP will release a 7-inch TouchPad in September 2011.

HP TouchPad to be launched at price of $499

Many tablets that will be unveiled by a major US retailer over the next six months are listed by a leaked document acquired by Pre central. List even includes several very interesting, though unverified and unannounced products. This document reveals only two tablets by HP: a 7-inch webOS-powered “Opal” tablet and 9.7-inch webOS Touchpad. Other tablets to be available in the market in June 2011 for price below $500 consists of 10-inch Dell Streak Tablet, the 10-inch Toshiba Tablet device, the RIM Blackberry tablet and a 10-inch HTC tablet (yet to be announced); all will come with Honeycomb.

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HP TouchPad Tablet features a 9.7 inch XGA capacitive display, 18-bit color, 1,024 x 768 resolution, an option of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for live video calling and more. The device (TouchPad is listed as 10-inches on the retailer’s product sheet) is powered by the HP webOS 2.1 operating system and includes 512MB of RAM. The weight of the HP’s device is 1.6 pounds and comprises a 6300 mAh battery.

HP TouchPad measures 240mm x 190mm x 13.7mm and its other specs include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Stereo speakers, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB connector, Browser with Full Flash support, Gyro, Accelerometer, Compass, light sensor, etc.

For the tablet market, 2011 is turning out to be a very remarkable year, particularly while it seems HP is gunning straightforwardly for Apple. HP will definitely provide some hard competition in the tablet market with this new TouchPad. What do you believe about the pricing from HP of the latest webOS tablet? Do you suppose that the second place will be taken by HP after Apple in market share?

HP TouchPad Demonstration video from youtube:

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