HP’s exit from the tablet segment was sudden and unexpected, which left its component suppliers and manufacturing partners in China and Taiwan very little or no time to realign their inventories of the abandoned TouchPad tablet PC. In any case, they were left with TouchPad components such as batteries, chassis and so on that could be used to build another 100,000 to 200,000 TouchPads. News from the industry has it that HP would be coming up with another sales offer in the month of October for its 9.7 inch TouchPad tablet PCs.
HP had initially placed orders for 900,000 to 1.1 million of the 9.7 inch TouchPads to Inventec. Out of these, a total of 800,000 to 900,000 units were delivered which in turn has almost completely been sold out after the price was cut down to to jut $99.
However, this would make up the last shipment of the TouchPad before the tablet is relegated to the pages of history. HP has ruled out any further follow-up orders for their TouchPad while the company has also stated there won’t be any living iteration of the TouchPad Go — the 7 inch version of the TouchPad. So those who had been waiting for the TouchPad Go hoping to pick up a decent tablet for a price even lower than $99, well they will have to make do with the 9.7 inch version. Or they might have to opt for the upcoming Amazon tablet also slated for an October release.
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