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Rumor: Final round of HP TouchPads on sale late October

John Callaham 7 hours ago

A few days ago HP confirmed that it will produce a final batch of its HP TouchPad tablets. So far the company has not yet announced when the final round of the webOS-based TouchPads will go on sale nor how many will be available to purchase. Now a new rumor at Digitimes claims via unnamed sources that HP will put the units made for the final production run on sale sometime in late October. The story doesn't say what the final price point will be for these last TouchPads. HP already sold off its previous stock of the tablets earlier in August after cutting the price down to just $99 for the 16 GB model and $149 for the 32 GB model.

HP originally put in unit orders of between 900,000 and 1.1 million for the HP TouchPad with its component makers before deciding to discontinue the tablet in August because of low sales. The story says that HP is making a deal with those parts suppliers to clear out their remaining inventories, including the device's case, the 9.8 inch touch screen and its batteries. This should result in between 100,000 to 200,000 final TouchPad units being made and put on sale.

Once those remaining units of the tablet are sold, that will be it for HP's failed attempt to launch an "iPad killer". The story claims that HP's previous plans to release a 7 inch version of the TouchPad have now been canceled.

Source: http://www.neowin.ne...le-late-october



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I haven't received any Palm Developer network e-mails lately, so I don't know if this is true or not. There is blog post from someone at HP (supposedly edited last Tuesday, although I do not know when it was originally posted) that may shed some light on it, however. Here are a few quotes from the question/answer section of that blog entry:

Q: When is HP getting more HP TouchPads? One week, two weeks, a month?

A limited supply are coming and it will be a few weeks before they are available. As we know more about how, when, and where TouchPads will be available, we will communicate that here and through email to those who requested notification. We can tell you that HP’s Small and Medium Business team has sold out of HP TouchPads and will not have more inventory.

Q: Can you comment on whether HP had to manufacture more to meet the recent demand?

HP will be manufacturing a limited quantity of TouchPads with webOS during our fourth fiscal quarter 2011, which ends October 31.

Q: Will HP continue to make more TouchPads with webOS to meet the demand?

HP is discontinuing the development of webOS devices and is winding down device operations within our fourth fiscal quarter 2011.

Q: Will the notification/alert emails go out all at once so everyone has a fair shot?

All those who requested notification have been notified today that more are coming in the future, and will be notified again when more specifics are known.

Q: How does HP plan to address disappointed customers?

All those who requested notification have received a one-time exclusive offer along with their email as our thanks for their patience and loyalty throughout this situation.

I'm not certain about those last two, as I was on the list to receive e-mail alerts, and I never received anything from HP about the TouchPad... Could be because I selected to not receive special promotions and offers...

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