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HP confirms Australian TouchPad launch for August 15th

Users in Australia can get their hands on a webOS tablet within the next few weeks starting at $599

HP Australia confirmed Tuesday the official launch date of the TouchPad for the island continent. The tablet will be made available for the country starting August 15th.

We believe that we can offer something different and unique here as opposed to multiple devices running the same software,” said HP Vice President for the Asia Pacific region Anthony McMahon. He has faith in the webOS software being the key selling point of the TouchPad in Australia and considers it to offer “true multitasking.” McMahon continued to boast about the features of the TouchPad, including its interface, “HP Synergy” and “just type” functionalities.

Telsyte analyst Foad Fadaghi agrees with McMahon’s praise about the future of the TouchPad. “The media tablet market is getting crowded, however HP’s ability to differentiate using a uique platform will put it in good stead to compete with Android devices,” said Fadaghi.

The 9.7-inch HP TouchPad officially launched in the U.S. on July 1st and in Canada and the UK on July 15th. Both the 16GB and 32GB models will be available in Australia at launch for $599 and $699, respectively, but will lack 3G connectivity. McMahon expects more webOS devices to be made available in Australia in the future.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-07-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)