It seems that HP has been taken aback by the significant surge in popularity caused by the decision of the company to cut the price of the TouchPad to only £89.
Not only did it managed to whip up general interest enough to beat the iPad 2 in Google search traffic (an all-important aspect of the pre-purchase process), it has also given hope for non-iPad 2 tablets that they can succeed.
Now, in an interview with Reuters, Todd Bradley, the head of HP’s Personal System Group, hinted at a possible return of the TouchPad saying that “Tablet computing is a segment of the market that’s relevant, absolutely”.
Given that HP has already confirmed the demise of the WebOS platform, a possible interpretation of this statement could be that HP will launch a follow up to the TouchPad tablet based on a non-WebOS platform like Windows or Android.
Our hunch is that HP’s decision to spin off its PSG division almost guarantees a Windows 8 tablet at some point in the future, one that may very well run on the same hardware as the TouchPad.
The latter came with 1GB RAM and a dual core Qualcomm SoC clocked at 1.2GHz which should provide ample firepower. It is very unlikely however that a Windows-based TouchPad will cost as little as £89, although we suspect that both Microsoft and HP may be looking at some sort of subsidy scheme.Leave a comment on this article