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HP May Produce Another 200,000 TouchPads By Year's End

Inventec, HP's ODM partner for the TouchPad tablet, may have enough components left to produce up to 200,000 extra tablets by the end of the year, as HP prepares to revive its ill-fated WebOS tablet for one more time.

Yenting Chen and Steve Shen from Digitimes report that out of the estimated 1.1 million TouchPad tablets that HP had promised to purchase from Inventec, only around 900,000 units had been delivered which means that between 100,000 and 200,000 units are yet to be delivered.

It is also understood that HP's decision to slash the price of its tablet by up to 80 per cent down to $99 (or £89 in the UK) meant that there is almost no stock of the TouchPad globally. HP has already confirmed that there will be a limited run of the tablet with availability restricted to the US and Canada.

HP's pledge to produce a few more tablets and to sell them at $99 means that channel operators and upstream component suppliers that had stocks of TouchPad components will be able to limit their losses with HP owning all the related financial charges.

The decision of HP to exit the mobile market turned out to be a brutal surprise for many, including developers and retailers, many of whom had invested in WebOS and had been enthusiastic about HP's promise.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.