HP TouchPad in June for $499

Summary:The latest rumor about the HP TouchPad originally shown last month at the webOS press event thrown by HP, has the tablet going on sale in June for $500. If that price holds up that is good news as it would be competitive with entry-level iPad 2 pricing.

We get tired of rumors like everyone, but when companies won't go official with product launch dates and pricing they are all we have. The latest rumor about the HP TouchPad, that was originally shown last month at the webOS press event thrown by HP, has the tablet going on sale in June for $499. If that price holds up that is good news as it would be competitive with entry-level iPad 2 pricing.

The TouchPad shown by HP was a solid performer, and the webOS platform looked like a perfect fit for a tablet. The interface impressed those in attendance at the press event last month, and looked like the TouchPad could be picked up and used immediately. The unique interaction with the Pre 3 as demonstrated is particularly useful.

Let's hope this rumor about the pricing for a 16GB WiFi model of the TouchPad is accurate. While I prefer smaller tablets for portability, the 10-inch TouchPad looked awfully darn good. That June release is a long way away, as is the rumored September launch of the 7-inch webOS tablet. If you are as anxious to see the TouchPad released as I am, have a look at the two videos I captured in February that give a good look at webOS on the tablet.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard

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