HP TouchPad Lands in Canadian Markets

July 15, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Hewlett-Packard has finally crossed the Niagara Falls. Five months after it was first announced at the WebOS event in San Francisco, the HP TouchPad will go on sale in Canada.

The HP slate has entered into the already overcrowded tablet market (with a hope to compete with Apple’s iPad), and can be brought from any Canadian market from today onwards. The TouchPad runs under the WebOS operating system which supports several things the iPad does not, support for Adobe Flash and true multitasking.

This WebOS 3.0 tablet packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2-GHz processor under the covers. It’s got a 9.7-inch 1,024 x 768 pixel capacitive multi-touch display, virtual keyboard, and instant-on access. We can expect a 3G version of the TouchPad sometime in the near future.

It doesn’t have a rear camera and makes do with a front facing one. The slate supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity, internal stereo speakers, light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer), gyroscope and a Micro USB port for charging and PC connectivity.

You will be able to get either a 16GB or 32GB tablet for $449.99 and $549.99 respectively. The price has been dropped by 70$ by most retail outlets and we don’t know the reason.

You can pocket the device in any of the following places:  Best Buy, Future Shop, The Source, Costco, Staples, London Drugs, Rogers Wireless stores, the HP Store in Vancouver and hpshopping.ca.

The specs on the TouchPad do sound commendable, so if you are going to get one, let us know how it feels.

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