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HP's TouchPad will debut July 1 for $500
June 9, 2011 / 4:37 PM / 7 years ago

HP's TouchPad will debut July 1 for $500

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hewlett Packard Co (HPQ.N) will begin selling its Touchpad on July 1 in the United States for $499.99, debuting the first tablet computer powered by Palm’s operating software.

<p>The poster showing all three new HP Palm devices, the Veer (L), the Pre3 (C) and the TouchPad is displayed following a media presentation on the company's web OS at the Herbst Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco Februrary 9, 2011. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach</p>

Jumping into the tablet computer craze triggered by Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) iPad, HP said on Thursday it start taking orders on June 19 in North America and Europe.

The Wi-Fi version of the gadget hits store shelves July 1 in the United States, followed by Britain, Ireland, France and Germany a few days after.

Canada gets the tablet, run on Palm’s WebOS operating system, in mid-July, followed by Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore later in 2011.

HP bought Palm last summer for $1.2 billion, hoping to combine its WebOS software with a plethora of devices from smartphones to printers, gambling that there is room for yet another mobile software platform.

HP faces an uphill battle in a mobile market already dominated by Apple and devices based on Google Inc’s (GOOG.O) Android. (Reporting by Edwin Chan; Editing by Derek Caney)

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