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HP Touchpad 64GB & 3G Tablets Appear Online

Carphone Warehouse, Clove and HP have put the 16GB and 32GB versions of the Touchpad tablet on preorder, but only in Wi-Fi; now another online retailer, Cleverboxes, has brought the 32GB 3G and the 64GB Wi-Fi to the masses.

Users can already preorder them for £579 (opens in new tab) and £559 (opens in new tab) respectively, with the seller saying that both tablets will be available in the first week of July.

The tablet looks like a more conservative version of the first generation Apple iPad tablet. It has the same 9.7-inch XGA capacitive touchscreen but packs some serious computing power; there's a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi, A-GPS (for the 3G model), Microsoft Exchange email compatibility, a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera, a 6300mAh battery, Bluetooth, a microUSB connector, compatibility with the Touchstone wireless charging technology and Beats audio speakers.

There's no HDMI port, microSD card slot, rear camera or any other fancy features that many of its competitors sport. However, the Touchpad is the only one to come with the WebOS operating system and can be synced with the latest Palm Pre and Veer smartphones.

The tablet will also come with some essential productivity apps out of the box like Box.net, Google Docs, Flash 10.3 and will be fully compatible with HP's own range of wireless printers.

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.