The HP TouchPad is scheduled to ship on July 1st, but you can pre-order the first tablet running webOS 3.0 starting today. The tablet runs $499.99 when you order a model with 16GB of storage, and $599.99 for a 32GB version.
HP.com, Amazon, B&H, TigerDirect, Newegg, Staples, and Best Buy are all taking pre-orders in the US. The folks at PreCentral have also put together a list of links for order pages in Canada, Germany, France, and the UK.
The TouchPad has a 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel capacitive multitouch display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor, WiFi, Bluetooth, a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The tablet has a 6300mAh battery, a micro USB port, and a range of sensors including a light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass.
The key thing setting the TouchPad apart from the crowd though, is webOS. It’s the first tablet to run version 3.0 of the operating system which was originally designed for touchscreen smartphones. WebOS supports multitasking and quick application switching. The latest version also adds an on-screen keyboard, and improved “Just Type” functionality that lets you perform many actions such as starting an email, updating your social networking status, or searching for a web site simply by typing into a text box without first launching an app.