HP TouchPad on fire sale
HP has announced that it will completely cease production of all WebOS products including the recently launched TouchPad tablet
Since HP announced that it will discontinue production of WebOS devices including its flagship tablet, the device has now been chucked into bargain bins at various retailers based in the United States.
HP launched the TouchPad on July 1 of this year, with the 16GB TouchPad initially retailing for US $499.
HP sent out a memo to its distribution channel asking for the price of the Touchpad to be reduced to $99 for the 16GB version and $149 for the 32GB version. Best Buy and Future Shop have already made the price cut and have listed the TouchPad on ‘fire sale'. There is also news that HP's Pre 3 is ‘completely cancelled'.
A press release from HP stated, 'In addition, HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimise the value of webOS software going forward.'
The online sales departments of major U.S. retailers have listed their inventory of Touchpads as already sold out. These include Wal-Mart, Office Depot, Sam's Club and Target.
The HP TouchPad has not officially launched in the Middle East, however it is available via the grey market on sites such as Souq.com and JadoPado.com.