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Retailers stick firmly to HP Touchpad pricing

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Fri Jul 15 2011, 12:06

MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINER INK HP's Touchpad tablet could cost you as much as £699 and is available from today.

We've had a quick scan of the interweb to see how much the HP Touchpad will set you back. The highest price we found is a whopping £699 from online retailer Kingofgadgets.com.

This price is only for pre-order and the web site says that the tablet is expected in the first quarter of this year.

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A price war hasn't set in amongst the big names, at least not yet anyway. Clove.co.uk, Amazon.co.uk, Play.com and Carphonewarehouse.com are all sticking to the prices that HP announced of £399 for the 16GB tablet and £479 for the 32GB version.

If you fancy paying a bit more for some bizarre reason, then Expansys.com is offering the 16GB model for £429 and the 32GB unit for £509. Currently both models are WiFi only, with 3G editions still to come.

HP hopes that its tablet will knock Apple's Ipad 2 from its throne. The Touchpad brings a new operating system into the mix, WebOS.

The HP Touchpad is similar to the fruit themed firm's offering. Both have a 9.7in screen with 1024x768 resolution. Their prices are identical currently, starting at £399 for 16GB of storage and WiFi only. The £479 price is the same on the 32GB models, too.

Unfortunately for the Touchpad, its rival is a fair bit slimmer and lighter. The Ipad 2 is 8.8mm and 601g compared to 13.7mm and 740g for HP's tablet.

A 1.3MP rear facing camera is a whole 1MP better than the Ipad 2's camera but HP hopes its WebOS operating system will set the Touchpad apart. It will also be able to print wirelessly and communicate with other HP devices with Touchstone. µ

 

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