The HP TouchPad has already made it to the tablet graveyard within just weeks of its launch. As an immediate fall out of the event, HP has decided to make available all existing stocks of the tablet at a ridiculously low price tag of just $100 and this had suddenly made the TouchPad one of the most talked about tablet in recent weeks. All of a sudden, consumers are seen showing the same levels of frenzy that we have seen only in the case of the Apple iPad, with the latter perhaps giving way to the HP tablet on the popularity charts. Maybe this is a tribute from the iPad to an otherwise great piece of hardware.
However, among HP loyalists and followers, among those who are also lamenting the loss of the TouchPad are HP component manufacturing partners based in China and Taiwan. What is posing a greater risk for them is the fact that there is a chance of HP even quitting the computing business altogether. The Taiwan based Inventec had been tasked with the manufacturing of the TouchPad tablet PCs. They are being forced to adjust their production lines as there surely won’t be any follow-up orders for the TouchPad. This while they try to find buyers for its remaining stocks.
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