There is a drop in the price of TouchPad devices from HP, as announced by Personal Systems Group Senior VP Stephen DiFranco during a staff briefing. The 16 GB webOS tablet has been fixed at $400 and the 32 GB tablet at $500. Price of the TouchPad 4G, which is speculated at $700, has not been mentioned among the list of devices with slashed prices.
There will be a $50 App Catalog Credit for people who have purchased the TouchPads before the discount has been announced. Amazon is offering the gadget with the discounted price and there is no mention of it being on a temporary basis. The same applies with all other online retailers who are listing this gadget at their web site, including HP’s own official site.
DiFRanco has attributed the drop in price to the positive customer response that the weekend discount has elicited and the company wants to cash in more on this high note. However, there is reason to believe that the real cause is that the initial costs fixed for the devices have been a bit on the higher side. Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha had recently stated the initial price tags that the XOOM tablet PCs came with was exorbitant. Fortunately, HP came to the same conclusion earlier in the product life cycle with the TouchPad.
Some of the outstanding and distinct features of the TouchPad are its ability to be charged wirelessly, and its ease of use thanks to the webOS. The glitches which the device had at the time of its launch have since been resolved and therefore it is only the high price factor which was to blame for its slow uptake. HP though hasn’t revealed the number of the TouchPads that have found buyers until now.