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Wednesday
Aug312011

HP TouchPad Tablet Returning for One Last Run

HP(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- A funny thing happened to HP’s TouchPad on the way to oblivion.  It was so successful — now that the company is killing it — that HP has announced it will “produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand.”

The company said on Aug. 18 that it was getting out of the computer hardware business.  In the days that followed, it held what amounted to a fire sale; retailers dropped the price on their leftover TouchPads to as little as $99.

And all of a sudden HP had a hit on its hands. The TouchPad — which had barely sold in the six weeks since its introduction — became the number-one seller on Amazon.com (for well over $99). Best Buy had trouble keeping it in stock.

“Thank you for enthusiasm for this product,” said HP’s Mark Budgell on the company’s blog, The Next Bench. “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 purchase.”

Even though Hewlett-Packard was the largest-selling computer brand in the U.S., the company decided it would no longer compete in the high-stakes, low-margin business of making hardware.

Marlene Somsak of HP tells ABC News the company has not set a price for the last-run TouchPads, and it hasn’t decided where they’ll be sold or whether there will be a limit on how many one person can buy. “This is just a limited run, using leftover parts,” she said. “And it’s just in the U.S.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Aug222011

HP Slashing Prices of Discontinued TouchPad, Sending Buyers into a Frenzy

Hewlett-Packard/Palm(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- After announcing it will end its involvement in tablet computers and smartphones, Hewlett-Packard slashed the prices of its TouchPad tablets, sending buyers into a craze over the weekend.

The company marked down the 16GB TouchPad to $99 and the 32GB version to $149 -- price reductions that amounted to $300 or more.

As a result, inventories of the tablet computer flew off store shelves fast.  HP's own website sold out of the TouchPad, as did Best Buy and other retailers.

Customers who are still looking to take advantage of the deal may be running out of luck.

HP spokeswoman Marlene Somsak told The Washington Post that the company would not be releasing any more of the discontinued tablets.  The company will, however, sell any that have already been shipped to stores.

The TouchPad was released on July 1 as HP's answer to Apple's iPad.  Back then, the 16GB version sold in the U.S. for $499.99, while the 32GB version was available for $599.99.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jul012011

Hewlett-Packard's New Tablet Computer Hits Stores

Hewlett-Packard/ Palm(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Hewlett-Packard's competitor to Apple's iPad -- HP's TouchPad -- hits stores Friday.

The new tablet computer will run on software developed for Palm phones, and will feature a 9.7-inch screen along with a front-facing camera for video chats.  The TouchPad will also have have the capability of running Adobe Flash, setting it apart from its Apple counterpart.

The 16 GB version of the tablet is selling in the U.S. for $499.99, while the 32 GB version is available for $599.99.  The HP TouchPad will become available in other countries later in the year.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Feb112011

Hewlett-Packard Unveils New Tablet TouchPad

Photo Courtesy - Hewlett-Packard/ Palm(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Hewlett-Packard unveiled its answer to the iPad Wednesday -- the TouchPad.

The new tablet computer will run on software developed for Palm phones, and has similar dimensions to the iPad, but it also includes a front-facing camera for video chats.  The New York Times' Nick Bilton says it has one other advantage over Apple's tablet.

"One of the major reasons that I think people will actually opt for this device over the iPad is the fact that it runs Flash," Bilton said.  "For people that teach in schools, for example, there's a lot of applications that are Flash-based that they can't use on an iPad which they'll be able to use on the HP device."

Hewlett-Packard says the TouchPad will be available this summer, but the company did not reveal a price.

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