HP has officially confirmed, via its "Thenextbench" blog (which has since been slightly amended), that it will produce "one last run of Touchpads" to meet unfulfilled demand but failed to say how many will be available, when they will be available and whether they will have enough for everyone.
However, we've been sent a statement by the HP PR department saying that only North American customers (presumably US and Canada) will get hold of the tablet and no stock will be sold in EMEA.
The statement reads "We are pleased by the response to webOS and look forward to customer feedback so we can further enhance the platform. A limited quantity of TouchPads will be available in the coming weeks in North America only. In EMEA we are discontinuing the webOS hardware operations and will not offer any additional products beyond what might be currently available in selective outlets.”
According to the adhoc HP spokesperson for the TouchPad, Mark Budgell, there will be regular updates to inform prospective customers of the status of the new batch of tablets.
It appears increasingly likely therefore that the company has been able to sell hundreds of thousands of tablets in a few days and from what we can see, interest in the tablet is still robust.
HP will be building tablets until the 31st of October which marks the end of the fourth fiscal quarter for the company.
HP cut the price of its TouchPad to £89 and $99 respectively, causing a not-so-surprising surge in the number of tablets sold and it overtook the iPad 2 overnight as the most sought-after tablet.