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TouchPad to touch down in UK this summer

The Wi-Fi-only version of HP's WebOS-powered TouchPad tablet will be available to purchase in the UK from the middle of July.The 9.
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The Wi-Fi-only version of HP's WebOS-powered TouchPad tablet will be available to purchase in the UK from the middle of July.

The 9.7-inch TouchPad device will arrive in the UK in "mid-July" following its launch in the US, France and Germany on 1 July, HP said. Pre-orders will begin from 19 June directly from HP, commercial resellers or selected retailers.

The Wi-Fi-only tablet comes in 16GB and 32GB storage configurations and is priced at £399 and £479, respectively.

Unlike competing tablets such as the iPad and BlackBerry PlayBook, the TouchPad comes with HP's WebOS operating system; the driving force behind HP's acquisition of Palm in April, 2010.

"This is only the beginning of what HP's scale can do with WebOS," Jon Rubinstein, general manager of the Palm global business unit at HP, said in a statement.

In February, HP said it would put the WebOS platform at the heart of other devices such as web-connected printers but changed course to say it will bring the platform to desktop computers and laptops.

In March, chief executive Leo Apotheker said it would include the WebOS operating system on every PC it ships from 2012.

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