HP TouchPad now up for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

June 21, 2011

Pre-ordering for the HP TouchPad tablet has gone live on the Carphone Warehouse website.

Those who are keen to get their hands on its 9.7 inch touchscreen can pre-order the 16GB model for £399, and the 32GB version for £479.

That’s for the wi-fi only variant, and it’s exactly the same level that the iPad 2 is priced at. So what does the TouchPad offer that Apple’s tablet doesn’t?

The major difference with HP’s offering is that it uses not Android, unlike most iPad rivals, but the company’s own webOS 3.0 platform. Those with a webOS phone will be able to touch them together to share data between the devices.

Other technical specs include a Snapdragon dual-core 1.2GHz processor, along with a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.

A quality pair of stereo speakers – quality for a slate, that is – are also promised. However, there’s one thing missing here that the iPad 2 and comparable tablets have, and that’s a full-strength rear-facing camera.

HP is perhaps counting on the fact that video calling is more important to tablet owners than holding up a 10 inch slate to take photos.

Carphone Warehouse hasn’t yet announced a release date for the HP TouchPad, but it’s expected to arrive in early July, so there should only be a couple of weeks to wait now.


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