Skip to main content

HP TouchPad rumored to launch in June for $499

touchpad-June-opal-SeptemberHewlett-Packard’s first tablet, the TouchPad, will reportedly arrive in June, according to knowledgeable unnamed sources who contacted Pre Central. The 9.7-inch tablet will sell for the price of $499 for the 16GB version, and $599 for the 32GB model. HP will purportedly also release a 7-inch TouchPad in September.

Theses rumors, unconfirmed by HP, are based upon information provided to employees of a “major US retailer” that is preparing personnel for “a year’s worth of tablets.” Evidence of the June  and September release dates comes in the form of what appears to be a product release schedule, which lists various tablets and their corresponding information.

If accurate, the listed prices for the 9.7-inch TouchPad, originally rumored to have an April release, would put the device right in line with similarly-featured models of Apple’s newly-released iPad 2.

While all tablet makers are looking to compete with Apple’s highly popular iPad line, the TouchPad seems to go at it head-on, with many specifications matching that of the iPad 2.

Both devices measure 9.7-inches. (The TouchPad is listed as 10-inches on the retailer’s product sheet.) And both come equipped with touchscreens that have 1024×768 resolution. So far, HP has announced only Wi-Fi enabled devices, while Apple offers a variety of 3G-compatible models.

Other specs for the ToucPad include a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM. HP’s device weighs only slightly more than the second-gereration iPad, at 1.5 pounds, and is 13.7mm thick. The TouchPad runs on the WebOS 2.1 operating system.

Unlike the 9.7-inch version, which was announced at the beginning of February, the 7-inch TouchPad has not been confirmed by HP. But the retailer information backs up earlier rumors that HP has plans for both a 7-inch and a 9-inch version of the TouchPad. That report, provided by Engadget, also pegs the 7-inch TouchPad (known as “Opal”) to a September release date. No price has yet been determined (or rumored) for the Opal TouchPad.

Andrew Couts
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Features Editor for Digital Trends, Andrew Couts covers a wide swath of consumer technology topics, with particular focus on…
LG Gram 16 laptop is $700 off in flash deal that ends tonight
LG gram 16 laptop

Best Buy has a great deal of the day for anyone seeking out awesome laptop deals. Right now, you can buy the super stylish LG Gram 16-inch laptop for just $1,000 meaning you save $700 off the regular price of $1,700. If you've been waiting for the ideal chance to get the effortlessly sleek laptop for less, this is definitely that moment. For anyone keen to learn more, keep reading or you can simply hit the buy button now to get straight to making a purchase. Remember -- this deal ends when today does so you only have a matter of hours to avoid missing out on the $700 discount.

Why you should buy the LG Gram 16
The LG Gram 16-inch laptop is packed with great hardware including a 13th-generation Intel Core i7 i7-1360P processor along with 16GB of fast memory and 1TB of SSD storage. Designed with speed in mind as well as good looks, the LG Gram 16-inch laptop is an ultra-lightweight laptop that's capable of a lot.

Read more
Google is changing everything you know about Chromebooks
Several Chromebook Plus devices sitting by each other.

Google is changing up Chromebooks in a big way. The new Chromebook Plus level of devices promises double of everything -- twice the performance, twice the storage, and twice the memory, all backed up by Google AI.

If you follow Chromebooks, this is the mysterious Chromebook X we learned about earlier this year. It's a set of specifications to take Chromebooks into the next generation, and they're based around bringing some of the weaker Chromebook closer to the level of the best laptops.

Read more
How to use Passkeys in Windows 11
windows 11 taskbar third party app pinning

If you're fed up with us reminding you to use a password manager to remember all your passwords (that you definitely aren't reusing), passkeys could be a great alternative to boosting your security. They let you ditch passwords entirely for a brand of two-factor-authentication that's more secure and more convenient than unique passwords have ever been.

Passkeys are a way to use your phone or another device as a way to securely login to different sites and services. It's something you've been able to use on your phone for a while now, but Passkeys are now a part of Windows 11's 22H2 build (and its upcoming 23H2), and you can start using them right now.

Read more