The HP TouchPad is set to hit UK shops on 15 July.

The launch date comes as HP also announced that the webOS tab is launching in the UK with "some exciting, exclusive content from partners". 

These include The Guardian, LastFM, Warner Bros and Sky News and HP promises more UK-based apps and features in the near future too.

The 9.7-inch tablet has a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, packs 1GB of RAM and comes with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

Connectivity is both Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and, as is the way with these things, the TouchPad carries a gyroscope, accelerometer and a compass.

Weight is around 700g meaning it won’t be too heavy to carry around and at 13.7mm thick it’s quite skinny as well. The screen has a 1024x768 resolution and it has a front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for video-calling, Beats by Dr. Dre audio technology, and stereo speakers.

The TouchPad is priced at £399 for a 16GB model, or £479 for 32GB and will be available direct from HP, as well as at PC World, Currys, Amazon, Argos, Comet, and the Carphone Warehouse.

Before buying check out our HP TouchPad review