By >Tom LESKIN
One final run of the HP TouchPad is on its way
Any of my U.S. and Canada friends out there, if you jumped at the chance and were able to get an order in for an HP TouchpPad without it being cancelled (like me), it seems we still have hope of actually receiving it.
For those of you not familiar, ten days ago, HP announced that it was going to be liquidating its WebOS-powered TouchPad that launched just July 1 at a price of $499. It later dropped to $399, and since that didn’t help, HP decided to come out of the hardware game and gave it the fire sale price of just $99. A decent price for this slate with a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor.
Selling out in a day or two at this amazing price, retailers weren’t able to accommodate the thousands of orders it received, and although many orders were cancelled, some of us lucky ones have yet to get that news.
Today I got an email from HP that said, “The overwhelming demand for this product in recent days has made it difficult to fulfill your request at the present time, and we are working to make more available as soon as possible.”
Thanks to this email and TechCrunch for pointing this out from the HP blog that it seems instead of just emptying out its warehouses, HP is going to manufacture a run of TouchPads to meet the demand. It’s not expected to for a couple weeks though.
So if you are desperately waiting for the $99 tablet to ship, stay tuned to your email, Twitter feed and the HP blog in the coming weeks for more news. I also posted a picture of the email I received, if you haven’t gotten it yet.
Below is some of the questions and answers from the HP blog commenting on the coming supply:
Q: When is HP getting more HP TouchPads? One week, two weeks, a month?
A: 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?
A: 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?
A: HP is discontinuing the development of webOS devices and is winding down device operations within our fourth fiscal quarter 2011.