HP TouchPad: a final production run comes off that line at HP
August 31st, 2011 - 02:43 pm ET by C. D.
While the end of the products sale has already been announced, HP has produced a final run of HP TouchPad tablets to meet the strong demand generated by the significant drop in the products price.
By announcing the end of their WebOS strategy in mobile products, and the end of the commercial phase for their HP TouchPad tablet a few weeks after its launch – dropping its initial price of 499 dollars to 399 dollars... and then 99 dollars, HP has made precious (in the eyes of consumers) a tablet which until now had trouble selling.
Since the, there has been a rush by users to get their hands on these tablets… with stock flying out the door after hardly moving on previous days. HP’s representatives then made a surprising announcement and decided to put a final batch of their TouchPad tablets through production to meet the high user demand.
A new batch… soon HP hasn’t said how many units will be produce or their availability date, but the tablet will likely be available in the coming weeks. The operations won’t be profitable for the American group (a TouchPad tablet’s components cost 318 dollars according to iSuppli) but a bit of good publicity in troubling times will certainly not hurt the company.
And even though the installation of Android on the tablet is already possible, updates to WebOS are planned in the short term. Even when it is dead, the platform still seems to be moving. Could this be enough to relaunch it?