HP TouchPad 4G pre-order on Amazon for $699.99

Last weekend HP gave consumers a break when it announced that it was giving a temporary $100 discount on its HP TouchPad device. That $100 discount, which could have been expanded to $200 if you went to Staples and used a coupon, is now over. However, there now comes word that the long awaited 4G wireless version of the tablet is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. The listing does not yet show a release date for the 4G version of the TouchPad.

HP made a move to cut the price of the TouchPad around the same time it released a new update to the tablet's WebOS operating system that had performance improvements and bug fixes for both the operating system as well as some of the TouchPad's apps like email. However the current TouchPads are WiFi only. This new version would allow this version of the tablet to connect to wireless carriers via a separate contract. The price for the tablet is of course much higher than the regular TouchPad. Amazon.com is pricing it at $699.99. There have been previous rumors that AT&T will offer a wireless version of the TouchPad at some point.

In related news, HP posted up a new blog entry in its official Palm web site that offers yet another discount for people who bought the TouchPad between July 1 and August 4. Those users will soon get a credit for $50 that will allow them to purchase more apps from the tablet's online app catalog. The $50 credit will expire for those older TouchPad customers on December 31.

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Can anyone explain why adding a 4G chip suddenly makes it almost double in price? Seems crazy since I assume the Wifi version is pretty much the same unit except there is a hole where the 4G chip would be so it's not like they have to design a completely new device.

DukeEsquire said,
Can anyone explain why adding a 4G chip suddenly makes it almost double in price? Seems crazy since I assume the Wifi version is pretty much the same unit except there is a hole where the 4G chip would be so it's not like they have to design a completely new device.

Good question. You may ask that all companies that sell a Wifi and a 3G/4G version… The chip in the iPad may cost as much as 2$, but you pay a "little bit" more…

MFH said,

Good question. You may ask that all companies that sell a Wifi and a 3G/4G version… The chip in the iPad may cost as much as 2$, but you pay a "little bit" more…

Lol just a little bit around the $170 mark. Imagine when they put the 4G chip next year in it.

UndergroundWire said,

Lol just a little bit around the $170 mark. Imagine when they put the 4G chip next year in it.


I was obviously sarcastic. But after Apple got away with that price the other manufacturers follow their lead…

MFH said,

I was obviously sarcastic. But after Apple got away with that price the other manufacturers follow their lead…

I knew you were being sarcastic. That's why I LOL'd it. I'm only adding to the fact that the price hike is for 3G. I wonder if Apple will go higher or stay the same.

It really is silly, a $2 part and a $160 markup.

DukeEsquire said,
Can anyone explain why adding a 4G chip suddenly makes it almost double in price? Seems crazy since I assume the Wifi version is pretty much the same unit except there is a hole where the 4G chip would be so it's not like they have to design a completely new device.
Unfortunately, the article did not mention in addition to the 4G radio, they've bumped up the dual core processor speed from 1.2 GHz to 1.5 GHz.

Another tablet flop incoming. Good going HP, it's like you want to fail in this market. Oh well, as good as webOS is for this type of device I'll wait till next year for a nice Win8 powered tablet/hybrid notebook.

GP007 said,
Another tablet flop incoming. Good going HP, it's like you want to fail in this market. Oh well, as good as webOS is for this type of device I'll wait till next year for a nice Win8 powered tablet/hybrid notebook.

I always thought that webOS looks promising - especially for the cards-UI -, but somehow they never get the hardware right. First Palm and now HP, webOS will die due to bad hardware…

I REALLY want to like the Touchpad but I will say what has already been said: lack. of. apps. It's a great device! 4G won't save it; so sad though. I feel the same about Zune.

It just proves that this time Apple did get it right with the ipad price. People complained when it came out that it was doomed because of the price, however most competitors are not able to do much better.

wv@gt said,
It just proves that this time Apple did get it right with the ipad price. People complained when it came out that it was doomed because of the price, however most competitors are not able to do much better.

The Xoom was only $70 more than the iPad (if you compare Apples to Apples). But in the grand scheme of things you are right it needs to be around the $400 mark to make a real impact.

LULZ. You'd think they'd learn from the Xoom. When it first came out it was around 600-700$ too. This will sell like ice to Eskimos.

SirEvan said,
LULZ. You'd think they'd learn from the Xoom. When it first came out it was around 600-700$ too. This will sell like ice to Eskimos.

Jobs could do it