HP to manufacture one last run of Touchpad tablets before winding down WebOS division


HP to manufacture one last run of Touchpad tablets before winding down WebOS division

Kathleen Hall

HP is to manufacture one last run of its Touchpad tablet, following HP's decision to wind down its WebOS hardware and concentrate on an enterprise software strategy.

In a company blog post, HP spokesman Mark Budgell said: "We don't know exactly when these units will be available or how many we'll get, and we can't promise we'll have enough for everyone. We do know that it will be at least a few weeks before you can purchase."

The limited quantity of Touchpads with WebOS will be manufactured sometime during the company's fourth fiscal quarter 2011, which ends October 31. HP will wind down all its WebOS devices by the end of 2011.

After HP slashed the price of its Touchpad to $99 for a 16-gigabyte model and $149 for 32 gigabytes, the company sold out of tablets in the US and Canada, said Budgell. The new run will honour the same cost reduction.

But it was unclear how the decision would impact regions beyond North America. At this time, other regions have limited or no inventory available, said the spokesman.

HP's UK head of its Personal Systems Group (PSG) Paul Hunter recently said three options were being considered for the company's PC division. He said it could be spun off, sold or kept in the HP portfolio.

However, some analysts have warned businesses against buying HP products due to uncertainty surrounding the company's hardware and software.

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