EMEA excluded from HP TouchPad's last stand

HP has cut EMEA out of plans to bring its ill-omened TouchPad tablet device back for one last production run in the face of runaway demand.

Thumbnail image for HP_TouchPad.jpgHP has cut EMEA out of plans to bring its ill-omened TouchPad tablet device back for one last production run in the face of runaway demand. 

In a statement, the vendor, which officially discontinued the ill-omened TouchPad tablet the other week, said EMEA would not receive any further stock "beyond what might currently be available".

Many UK customers were left empty-handed after last week's discount fire-sale saw UK supplies at Dixons and Carphone Warehouse hoovered up in minutes, with many websites falling over under the equivalent stress of a DDoS attack.

UK TouchPad prices were cut from £349 to £89 for a 16GB model, and from £429 to £115 for a 32GB model on 22 August.

In a blog post on HP's website, the firm's Mark Budgell said the number of inquiries about the product and the speed at which remaining stocks have been snapped up was "stunning".

"I think it's safe to say we were pleasantly surprised by the response," wrote Budgell.

The production run will take place during HP's fourth quarter, which ends on 31 October. The vendor added that the scheduled shut-down of development around the $1.2bn webOS platform was still on course.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal today touted Samsung, RIM, HTC and even Microsoft as possible buyers of the webOS technology.

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