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With today’s official press release out of Palo Alto, HP has finally given a release date for its first foray into the tablet space, and boy what a release it’s going to be. According to their announcement, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Walmart, Sam’s Club, OfficeMax, Amazon.com, Fry’s, Microcenter, other leading local and regional retailers, and HP’s online stores will all begin sales of the TouchPad on that date. That’s without question the lion’s share of retail space, both online and off.

In fact, looking at research done by the NPD group from 2010, Walmart, Target, Staples and Best Buy alone are four of the top five brick and mortar tech retailers in the United States (Apple being the fifth), and HP, Best Buy, and Amazon being three of the top five online retailers (with Apple and Dell rounding out that list.) Walmart also happens to be by far the largest overall retailer globally. A great list, for sure. Add to that what we already know about HP reserving special shelf space at Walmart and Best Buy for their halo tablet, and this is looking like anything but a soft launch.

But the news gets even better. While the span of time for Palm to reach a global presence with their handsets prior to HP was measured in months, HP went on announce availability of the TouchPad in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany a few days later and in Canada by mid-July. Additionally, Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore will follow suit later in the year. Major global presence over the course of 2 weeks? Looks like HP’s promised “scale” is shaping up to be more than just talk. A lot more.