We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

HP TouchPad Release Revealed on Amazon, Later Than Expected

Snippets on Amazon and OfficeMax indicating a mid-July launch.

After a splashy launch earlier this year, the HP TouchPad has remained conspicuously absent from the current tablet crush. Mind you, that wasn't entirely unexpected--the company never did name a timeline beyond "summer" at that launch event, and it was only in March that CEO Leo Apotheker mentioned June as the tablet's release date. Now, we have two leaks online indicating that July 17 may be the big unveil.

Amazon's TouchPad product page still lacks any availability info, and simply has a sign-up to be notified by e-mail when the TouchPad becomes available. But do a search on Amazon for "HP TouchPad" and you'll find a teaser that says the WebOS-based tablet will be released July 17. This follows leaked tips on Engadget indicating a $600 32GB TouchPad coming to OfficeMax on the 17th.

If July 17 is indeed the date, then it's a bit later than Apotheker originally noted. But it also tracks with Apotheker's recent comments at All Things Digital's D9 conference, about not releasing the TouchPad until its ready. Not rushing is a good call by HP; we've seen plenty of rushed tablets this year, led by RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook.

The big question, though, remains whether as much as five months after it was first introduced, can the HP TouchPad still wow consumers and compete with the current generation of tablets? Remember that HP's TouchPad launch was before the slim and sexy iPad 2 was announced; and it was before the wave of Android 3.x Honeycomb tablets washed ashore. Even after the launch, I questioned whether HP had done enough to compete with Apple and the Android Tablet Army; now, after the release of Apple iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the more urgent that question feels. The answer will have to wait until TouchPad ships. Apparently, soon.

IDG UK Sites

LG G4 Note UK release date and specification rumours: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 killer could be the LG 3......

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model