The HP TouchPad, it seems, just refuses to die down. The tablet running WebOS has already been through its last rites, but it’s back again one more time. Also, going by the way the TouchPad saga has been unfolding, no body knows for sure if this is the last that we are seeing of the HP tablet device.
Coming to the latest TouchPad appearance, one would be able to pick up the WebOS tablet with 32 GB of onboard memory for just $149.99 starting 01 Nov. That would have been raving news if an additional clause was not attached to it, which states that to get the HP tablet at that price you have to buy either a HP or a Compaq laptop, desktop, or all-in-one computer from Best Buy. HP has recently declared that they will be holding on to their PC division, but not the TouchPad and the WebOS platform. However, the TouchPad popularity has scaled to dizzying heights once its price was dropped down to just $99, and the tablet has since been headline property even after months being officially dead. Also, a time honored marketing ploy has been brought into the act; offer a device that’s in demand to push sales of those that might have been languishing.
However, there are two sides to this coin. For those who are on the lookout for a new computer system this deal is lucrative and can make sense for them. However, for those who know the HP TouchPad has ceased to exist, this offer does not hold much of a value. But then, let’s not forget here’s a high quality tablet with a 10 inch screen, while being cheaper than even the Kindle Fire. We could have been witness to another crazy round of TouchPad hunting had it been a standalone deal.
Another question that we are faced with is where the latest TouchPads are coming from. HP has been intimating that there won’t be any more made. Maybe there has been a production run to clear inventory, and rumors are pointing out the number of such tablets at around 100,000 to about 200,000.
Anyway, it still will be interesting to see how consumers react to yet another appearance of the TouchPad.