webOS tablet, phones for Australia? Not yet, says HP

Specific country details not yet announced

HP made waves today with the announcement of three new mobile devices based on webOS, including two smartphones and a tablet. But Australians wanting to get their hands on one are advised not to hold their breath as they will be offered only to markets where webOS is currently available.

Overnight, HP launched the 9.7-inch, keyboard-less TouchPad and the Veer and Pre3 smartphones aimed at consumers and businesses, respectively.

HP will first be targeting markets where webOS is currently available

All three devices run the Linux-based webOS which HP inherited with its acquisition of Palm last year.

While the US availability and pricing of the devices was not specified at the launch – other than “summer” [mid-2011] for the TouchPad and Pre3 and “early spring” [Q1 2011] for the Veer – HP is keeping the global availability an even more closely guarded secret.

Brad Swiney, PR manager for HP Australia’s personal systems group, told TechWorld HP will not be launching the webOS devices in Australia at the same time as the US.

“At this early stage [we] cannot speculate on local pricing,” Swiney said.

Swiney said the suite of webOS products will give users “a unified experience across a variety of devices”.

“Specific region and country availability details have not yet been announced, however, HP will first be targeting markets where webOS is currently available,” he said.

So, unlike Apple, HP is treading carefully with is tablet and smartphone distribution strategy.

For Australian’s wanting to get a taste of webOS, US e-tailers may be the only immediate option.

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