has said that following the unprecedented interested in its TouchPad tablet in recent
weeks, it would be making “one last batch” to meet the demand.
Of course the heightened interest may have had something to do
with the bargain basement £89 price tag slapped on the 16GB TouchPad by HP,
following its decision to do away with the webOS hardware for good.
“I think it’s safe to say we were pleasantly surprised by
the response,” Mark Budgell from HP said rather coyly in a blod post.
Budgell went on to say: “Despite announcing an end to
manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of
TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand. We don’t know exactly when these units
will be available or how many we’ll get, and we can’t promise we’ll have enough
for everyone. We do know that it will be at least a few weeks before you can
However for those worried that the TouchPad would be snapped
up by businesses, fear not as HP said it would not be making them available to small-to-medium
businesses through its business sales channels. We’ve already seen TouchPads running Android and this will only add to the appeal of these
Regarding pricing, HP looks set to continue to offer the new batch of
TouchPads at the discounted price though according to Bugdell individual
retailers can set their own price: “Each retailer will manage their own policy
and process regarding pricing and price matching.”
The decision by HP to restart the TouchPad production line
is a curious one, considering the company is set to lose millions of dollars on the
cut price tablets by selling them at well below cost price.
We will be keeping an eye out for the tablets becoming
available in the next few weeks but if you spot any at discounted prices be
sure to let us know.
Source: The Next Bench (HP)