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HP Touchpad Goes On Preorder At Carphone Warehouse

The HP Touchpad has been put on preorder at Carphone Warehouse as well as HP itself and unsurprisingly, it costs the same as the equivalent Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi. The tablets are expected to be available towards the middle of July and a 3G version will come later, although HP hasn't confirmed any dates yet.

At £399 for the 16GB version and £479 for the 32GB model (opens in new tab), the Touchpad is not exactly an impulse buy; in addition, HP hasn't yet put a 64GB iteration on the UK market and no mobile phone operators have come forward with a monthly contract that could make the price of the tablet cheaper.

The tablet runs on WebOS which is based on the operating system HP obtained after the acquisition of the Palm last year. It has a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon system on chip, the APQ8060, clocked at 1.2GHz, with 1GB RAM, a 9.7-inch XGA capacitive touchscreen, a front facing webcam and no rear camera.

It does come with a 6300mAh battery which can be wirelessly charged using a Touchstone charger and can exchange data with HP's range of (recent) smartphones (like the Veer and the Pre 3) using a technology called Touch to Share. WebOS 3.0 is compatible with Flash, Microsoft Exchange and HTML 5 and there's even an App store.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.