HP plans one last production run for the TouchPad

Aug 31, 2011
Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager of HP Palm, introduces the HP Palm tablet, TouchPad, during the WebOS event at Fort Mason's Herbst Pavilion in San Francisco, California, in February 2011. HP said it plans one last production run of the TouchPad, which has become a hot seller following a price cut and the announcement the company was killing the tablet computer.

Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday it plans one last production run of the TouchPad, which has become a hot seller following a price cut and the announcement the company was killing the tablet computer.

Citing disappointing sales, HP, the world's largest , announced on August 18 that it was ending production of the , its rival to Apple's , after just seven weeks on the market.

HP also said it was halting production of phones based on the webOS mobile acquired from Palm last year for $1.2 billion.

The Palo Alto, California-based HP also announced that it was cutting the price of the most basic model of the TouchPad from $399 to just $99.

The has been flying off the shelves ever since.

"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," HP said in a blog post on Tuesday.

"Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand," HP said.

"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," HP said. "We do know that it will be at least a few weeks before you can purchase."

HP also announced on August 18 that it was exploring a spinoff of its PC unit in a historic shift away from the consumer market.

Explore further: Samsung phones cleared for US government use

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

HP's TouchPad going on sale in US on July 1

Jun 09, 2011

US computer giant Hewlett-Packard announced on Thursday that its rival to Apple's hot-selling iPad, the HP TouchPad, will go on sale in the United States on July 1.

HP cuts tablet price in bid to challenge iPad

Aug 12, 2011

US technology giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) on Thursday cut the price of its freshly-launched TouchPad tablet computers in a bid to gain traction in a market dominated by Apple's iPad.

HP looks to the 'cloud'

Mar 14, 2011

Hewlett-Packard plans to offer a complete range of cloud computing services, HP chief executive Leo Apotheker said Monday as he outlined his strategy for the US computer giant.

HP targets Apple's iPad with new tablet

Jul 02, 2011

US technology giant Hewlett-Packard rolled out its new TouchPad tablet computer on Friday, seeking to dethrone the dominant Apple iPad and revive its slumping fortunes.

HP, Microsoft announces new tablet computer

Jul 23, 2010

Hewlett-Packard will team up with Microsoft to come out with a tablet computer for the enterprise business market this year, a senior HP executive has said.

HP shares plunge on Wall Street

Aug 19, 2011

Hewlett-Packard shares plunged 20 percent on Wall Street on Friday after the world's top personal computer maker announced a strategic shakeup that includes spinning off its PC business. ...

Recommended for you

Samsung phones cleared for US government use

2 hours ago

Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday some of its Galaxy mobile devices were approved by the National Security Agency for use with classified U.S. government networks and data, a boost to the company's efforts to expand in ...

Review: Apple Pay in action

3 hours ago

If there ever comes a day I can ditch my wallet and use my phone to pay for everything, I'll look back to my first purchase through Apple Pay: a Big Mac and medium fries for $5.44. That wallet-free day won't ...

Samsung seeks boost from redesigned Note

3 hours ago

The latest version of Samsung's popular big-screen Galaxy Note has gone on sale at a crucial time for the South Korean company as it suffers a rapid decline in profit from its global smartphone business.

New iPad cellular models have Apple SIM flexibility

Oct 19, 2014

Cellular-enabled iPad models are under a new paradigm, said AppleInsider, regarding the Apple SIM. Apple's newest iPad models with cellular connectivity use a SIM card which tech sites said could eventually ...

User comments : 4

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

bugmenot23
5 / 5 (1) Aug 31, 2011
Would you buy this product, knowing that it will be discontinued? Why?
DoubleD
5 / 5 (2) Aug 31, 2011
Because its a fully functional tablet for 100 bucks.
jamesrm
not rated yet Aug 31, 2011
krundoloss
not rated yet Aug 31, 2011
Everyone wants a tablet, no one wants to pay out the &$!#@ for it! Why? Because a tablet is a luxury, not a neccesity. Anyone that could really use a tablet already has one by now.