Here's an interesting titbit: HP's TouchPad has already begun to ship to speciality shops in the US, but for the pernickety among us, you may know that the company's first webOS slate hasn't actually hit the streets of Londontown. Until now, ole chap. The 16GB WiFi model is going for £399, while a doubling of capacity will tack on a few extra quid. It's available now directly from HP's webstore, but if mum always criticised your rampant online shopping sprees, we hear aeroplanes and coupés are colourful alternatives for acquisition.
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HP TouchPad Powered by webOS now Available From HP Store and Leading Retailers

BRACKNELL, England and LONDON, July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

From today, customers in the UK can buy the amazing HP TouchPad powered by webOS.


Available direct from the HP store (HP.co.uk/touchpad) and from leading high street retailers including PC World, Curry's, Amazon, Argos, Comet, & Carphone Warehouse, the HP TouchPad WiFi version will retail at £399 for the 16gb and £479 for the 32gb .

Combining cutting edge hardware with a world-class operating system, the HP TouchPad powered by webOS takes the user experience to a new level. Just Type, True multi tasking, HP Synergy, Beats Audio, full support for Adobe® Flash® Player.6,7 and Touch to Share combine to make an experience that works the way you do.

The HP TouchPad has already caused quite a stir with the media. The Guardian said "don'tbe surprised if this turns into a big seller in the coming months" while the Daily Telegraph called it "...a real breath of fresh air." London paper the Evening Standard believes that it's "...a tablet computer that could give Apple's iPad a run for its money."

"We're really excited to be launching the HP TouchPad to UK consumers," says Paul Hunter, Vice President, HP Personal Systems Group (PSG) UK&I. "This is our first tablet device powered by webOS and initial feedback from the media and consumers has been very positive. HP has an aggressive plan to bring the webOS operating system to millions of devices over the coming months, and the HP TouchPad is an important first step."

To ensure the TouchPad receives maximum exposure on launch, today also sees the kick off of an intensive advertising campaign taking in TV, print, online and OOH. Celebrities confirmed to appear in HP TouchPad advertising include comedian Russell Brand, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Lea Michele, star of hit TV show Glee.

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HP TouchPad goes on sale in the UK, starts at £399 for 16GB WiFi model