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June 9, 2011 at 9:38 AM

HP TouchPad on sale July 1, $500-$600

Hewlett-Packard finally released the launch date and pricing of its TouchPad tablet device based on the WebOS platform.

The TouchPad was unveiled in February with a promise to launch in the summer. It’s going to be available July 1, with pre-orders starting just in time for Father’s Day – on June 19.

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A 16 gigabyte version will cost $500 ($499.99 …) and a 32 gig version will be $600. Those are WiFi only (802.11n). HP will also offer versions that connect to AT&T’s wireless network, prices of which aren’t available yet.

The tablet has a 9.7-inch touchscreen display, video calling capabilities and a dual-core, 1.2 gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

HP will also offer a vinyl cover that looks just like Apple’s Smart Cover for the iPad. When the cover’s in place, peope won’t know which tablet you’re carrying.

The July launch is in the U.S. HP said the device will go on sale in Canada, the U.K., France and Germany “a few days later” and in other countries “later this year.”

It’s a nice tablet with business friendly features such as Microsoft Exchange support, but some of its sync features only work with HP’s WebOS phones that aren’t widely used.

From HP’s release:

With webOS, HP TouchPad users have a next-level multitasking experience, access to the web, premium audio playback with stereo speakers and Beats Audio technology, the ability to find information on the device or in the cloud using the Just Type feature, integrated access to their information with HP Synergy, and HP’s exclusive Touch to Share capability for sharing web addresses between HP TouchPad and compatible webOS phones.

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