HP Beating Dead Horse, Producing One Last Run of TouchPads
HP's $99 TouchPads flew off shelves faster than they could be stocked, and the resulting fervor sparked rumors that HP might get back into the tablet arena. A blog post by HP today spurred even more speculation.
HP announced on their TheNextBunch blog: "Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand."
This move led many to speculate that HP is thinking about jumping back into the business they so quickly left two weeks ago. However, a report from DigiTimes claims HP's component suppliers aren't happy with the amount of product they've been left with. As a result HP execs most likely saw the advantage of making a little cash on the massive number of left over LCDs, cases, and other TouchPad components instead of simply taking the loss.
Make no mistake - the TouchPad is dead. This last run is just the tablet's last breath, and if for some reason HP decides to get back into the tablet game, it'll look like an even worse decision than when they got out. HP wouldn't be the butt of a few jokes; they'd be the joke.
Source: PC World