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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seems to make sense. They are fulfilling remaining orders placed before 4am 08/21. I was told they will be shipped within 4-6weeks when I called. They will likely take Sept to finish these and sell the rest in October. I also noticed that the charge for the HP touchpad reappeared on my CC after it was gone for a week.

I am just glad I was able to get the 4 I needed for family members (I did not resell they are happily in use with my Dad and his wife, brother and G/F). Good luck trying to get one in the next round. They are pretty decent devices for the discounted price.

Navan said,
Please make it one touchpad per person. and hopefully I get a shot at buying one!

I heard they will be doing something along those lines to help regular people get them, and stop and the people buying them all and selling on eBay.