Published on August 31st, 2011 | by Paterson Prosper0
Hewlett-Packard: One final run of HP TouchPads are on the way
Hopefully I will be able to get my hands on one of these things! Cant go wrong with a $99 tablet.
Hewlett-Packard’s TouchPad tablet is set for one final production run.
After that, the TouchPad will be dead — unless of course HP decides to bring it back to life, as mentioned as a possibility by an HP exec earlier today.
But, for now, the plan is to kill the HP TouchPad after this one last hurrah.
HP isn’t saying how many TouchPads it will make in its farewell run, or when exactly the last gasp of tablets will land in stores, or even exactly which stores will sell the tablets (HP’s online store is a safe bet).
Nonetheless, more TouchPads are on the way in the next few weeks at the same $99 (for a 16-gigabyte model) or $149 (for 32 gigabytes) to meet demand that persisted after the device had sold out across stores in the U.S. and Canada, HP spokesman Mark Budgell said in a company blog post.
"Since we announced the price drop, the number of inquiries about the product and the speed at which it disappeared from inventory has been stunning," Budgell said. "I think it’s safe to say we were pleasantly surprised by the response."
Once HP cut the TouchPad down to as low as $99, the device sold out and inspired lines of people lining up outside Best Buy and other retailers, all of which is contributing to the firm’s move to give its TouchPad another production run.
via LA Times