HP Announces Final Lap of TouchPad Race

Computer and laptop maker Hewlett-Packard is all set to kick start the final production run of its supposed-to-be-dead TouchPad product line, the company announced.

The TouchPad tablet, which was anticipated initially to be HP’s answer to the Apple iPad, failed miserably in countering the pwnage of the iPhone maker in the global tablet market. Following its disappointing performance, HP had officially declared that it was going to pull off the plug from the TouchPad family line once and for all.

However, after stopping the production of the device, HP made available the existing stocks of the product-units at a heavily discounted amount - just for $99 (for 16GB model) and $149 (for the 32 GB model).

Needless to say, what HP could not achieve with its brand name and aggressive marketing, the cut down in the price of the device did it all. The sales of the TouchPad took a massive upward leap, thus forcing the company to resurrect the officially-dead tablet for one last time.

“Despite announcing an end to manufacturing Web OS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand," HP spokesman Mark Budgell said in a company blog post.

"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," he added.

thinq_ notes "Budgell has also promised that there will be a one-tablet-per-person rule" and it sounds a little assuring as end users may finally get their hands onto the dying TouchPad.