Rumor: Final round of HP TouchPads on sale late October

A few days ago HP confirmed that it will produce a final batch of its HP TouchPad tablets. So far the company has not yet announced when the final round of the webOS-based TouchPads will go on sale nor how many will be available to purchase. Now a new rumor at Digitimes claims via unnamed sources that HP will put the units made for the final production run on sale sometime in late October. The story doesn't say what the final price point will be for these last TouchPads. HP already sold off its previous stock of the tablets earlier in August after cutting the price down to just $99 for the 16 GB model and $149 for the 32 GB model.

HP originally put in unit orders of between 900,000 and 1.1 million for the HP TouchPad with its component makers before deciding to discontinue the tablet in August because of low sales. The story says that HP is making a deal with those parts suppliers to clear out their remaining inventories, including the device's case, the 9.8 inch touch screen and its batteries. This should result in between 100,000 to 200,000 final TouchPad units being made and put on sale.

Once those remaining units of the tablet are sold, that will be it for HP's failed attempt to launch an "iPad killer". The story claims that HP's previous plans to release a 7 inch version of the TouchPad have now been canceled.

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