HP TouchPad Officially Hits UK

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Source: Engadget, HP UK

[quote style=”1″]“Don’t be surprised if this turns into a big seller in the coming months” – The Guardian, UK
“…a real breath of fresh air.” – Daily Telegraph
“…a tablet computer that could give Apple’s iPad a run for its money.” – Evening Standard
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HP‘s first ever tablet product, the much-anticipated, webOS-powered HP TouchPad has been launched in the UK. Available direct from the HP store (HP.co.uk/touchpad) and from leading UK high street retailers including PC World, Curry’s, Amazon, Argos, Comet, & Carphone Warehouse, the HP TouchPad WiFi version will retail at £399 for the 16gb and £479 for the 32gb.

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HP plans to bring even more webOS-powered devices in the coming months, with the TouchPad spearheading its efforts. An extensive, intensive advertising campaign featuring comedian Russell Brand, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Lea Michele, star of hit TV show Glee is on the way to ensure maximum exposure for the exciting new tablet.

Also see what comedian Russell Brand thinks about the HP TouchPad:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SJshO4Ys4M\

HP acquired Palm and its assets last year, in a deal worth $1.2 billion. The polished, intuitive Palm-developed webOS has plenty of potential to give current tablet King, the iPad, a run for its money, at least in terms of user experience. webOS features true multitasking, full support for Adobe® Flash® Player.6,7 and the innovative “Touch to Share” feature (think “Bump”).

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Catch some HP TouchPad features on video:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJtShsHUWgE

I’ve always been a Palm supporter, and way back in the PDA days I owned a Palm V & Handspring. Always considered it the next best thing to Apple’s Newton. Can’t wait to get a taste of the HP TouchPad soon!

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HP TouchPad Powered by webOS now Available From HP Store and Leading Retailers

BRACKNELL, England and LONDON, July 15, 2011

From today, customers in the UK can buy the amazing HP TouchPad powered by webOS.

Available direct from the HP store (HP.co.uk/touchpad) and from leading high street retailers including PC World, Curry’s, Amazon, Argos, Comet, & Carphone Warehouse, the HP TouchPad WiFi version will retail at £399 for the 16gb and £479 for the 32gb .

Combining cutting edge hardware with a world-class operating system, the HP TouchPad powered by webOS takes the user experience to a new level. Just Type, True multi tasking, HP Synergy, Beats Audio, full support for Adobe® Flash® Player.6,7 and Touch to Share combine to make an experience that works the way you do.

The HP TouchPad has already caused quite a stir with the media. The Guardian said “don’t be surprised if this turns into a big seller in the coming months” while the Daily Telegraph called it “…a real breath of fresh air.” London paper the Evening Standard believes that it’s “…a tablet computer that could give Apple’s iPad a run for its money.”

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“We’re really excited to be launching the HP TouchPad to UK consumers,” says Paul Hunter, Vice President, HP Personal Systems Group (PSG) UK&I. “This is our first tablet device powered by webOS and initial feedback from the media and consumers has been very positive. HP has an aggressive plan to bring the webOS operating system to millions of devices over the coming months, and the HP TouchPad is an important first step.”

To ensure the TouchPad receives maximum exposure on launch, today also sees the kick off of an intensive advertising campaign taking in TV, print, online and OOH. Celebrities confirmed to appear in HP TouchPad advertising include comedian Russell Brand, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Lea Michele, star of hit TV show Glee.
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