Fives months after it was first announced at Hewlett-Packard's webOS event in San Francisco, the HP Touchpad will go on sale in Canada, the United States and Europe.

The device joins a long line of me-too devices from Acer, Asus, LG, Motorola, RIM, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, and many others which hopes to compete with the Apple iPad.

Beginning July 15th, Canadians will be able to purchase a 16GB or 32GB Touchpad tablet computer for $520 and $620 respectively, a full $20 more than what they will sell for in the United States.

HP gave no reason for why Canadians would be required to pay a premium for the device despite the fact the Canadian dollar trades at a premium to the U.S. dollar.

The Touchpad, which looks similar to the iPad, weighs in at 1.6 pounds and features a 9.7-inch 1,024 x 768 pixel capacitive multitouch display, virtual keyboard, and instant-on access.



The TouchPad runs under the WebOS operating system which supports several things the iPad does not, support for Adobe Flash and true multitasking.

Under the covers, you'll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2-GHz processor, 16 or 32GB of storage, a front-facing camera, 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.



A 3G version of the HP Touchpad is expected to be released at a later date.

Discuss in Digital Home's Touchpad discussion thread .