Has Interest in HP Slate Flatlined?
Somebody has been exaggerating. And it appears to be the folks at HP.
Following the January 27th introduction of the iPad this year, rumblings were soon detected about the forthcoming HP Slate and the mega expectations that both HP and its fan base supposedly had for the rival tablet. But as reports surfaced Monday morning from leaked internal data, the information collected indicates that HP planned to build an initial run of just 5,000 tablets.
By comparison, better than 45,000 iPads were sold each and every day during the previous quarter. HP's plan to only roll 5,000 Slates off the assembly line doesn't suggest that there was nearly as much internal confidence in the product as publicly advertised. Fortunately for HP, however, consumer demand was greater than "expected" and 9,000 orders were received (but still nothing to write home about).
So if you didn't know about the alleged initial tiny batch of HP Slates, you might be deceived into thinking that the current message posted on HP's website (that the HP Slate 500 is on back-order and won't ship for another six weeks) suggests powerful consumer demand for a bountiful new product. In reality, if all morsels of information are accurate, HP finds itself in a situation where consumer demand for the HP Slate 500 is only slightly less dismal than the expectations maintained by HP itself.
The HP Slate 500 retails for $800, but individuals who now find themselves on the six week short list waiting for HP to build 4000 more Slate are reportedly being offered a $100 discount on their purchase.