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If you’re looking to get your hands on the discontinued webOS-powered HP TouchPad, this might be your chance. HP will be launching the tablet’s final production run.
The announcement was made by HP in a blog post. However, it did clarify that the last sale would be available specifically to North America. If you missed the price cut, the shipping fees on top of the cheap price tag is still a bargain.
Although the webOS showed a lot of promise, no one seemed to be interested in purchasing the TouchPad. However, when HP massively cut the price down to £90, it was quickly sold out. The tablet’s last production run will give bargain hunters one last chance to get their hands on a cheap tablet.
HP is yet to clarify if the tablet will still be sold at £90. However, it makes no sense going back to its original price since it has been proven to sell like hotcakes once the price was slashed. HP will be using its remaining components for the final production run.
This last production run will take place in the coming weeks. By then, will you still be interested in buying an HP TouchPad, or would you have moved on to another tablet? Give us your thoughts.
HP surprised us all when it decided to enter in the OS market by purchasing the webOS from Palm. It then surprised us again, when it decided to discontinue the platform, which in turn spelled the end for devices such as the Pre 3 and the TouchPad. Now, get ready to be surprised once more. According to DigiTimes, the Korean tech giant Samsung is interested in acquiring the discontinued webOS.
According to the Taiwan-based publication, since Samsung has recruited Raymond Wah, HP’s former VP of PSG marketing, for the purpose of handling Samsung’s PC sales, acquiring the webOS makes sense for the Korean tech giant. The platform will give them enough leverage to go head to head with mobile software giants Google (Android) and Apple (iOS).
According to past rumors, Samsung was reportedly interested in acquiring HP’s PC-building arm. However, later reports have uncovered that this might not be a profitable move by Samsung, since HP’s PC manufacturing division has the potential to harm the Korean firm’s DRAM and panel division. This is why Samsung may be interested in the webOS instead.
In addition to not finding HP’s PC division profitable, DigiTimes also believes that Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility was the main catalyst behind Samsung’s interest in the webOS. Android device manufacturers may be worried that Motorola Mobility may be given preferential treatment.
Of course, take this information with a grain of salt. In other reports, Samsung was awarded the Nexus Prime project by Google, which suggests there is no preferential treatment. Other reports show Android manufacturers’ support for Google’s new acquisition. There may not be any ill-feelings brewing after all.
Since the announcement last week that the webOS on HP devices would no longer be supported, Hewlett Packard has massively cut down the price of its discontinued TouchPad to a mere $99. However, the UK is yet to enjoy a large discount on the terminated tablet.
Everywhere you look in the US, the TouchPad has been sold out. Best Buy no longer has any in stock, both on its online store or its actual retail stores. If a customer has purchased the tablet at its past regular price, both Best Buy and HP will refund the difference.
The HP TouchPad has become a collector’s item, which only American tech enthusiasts have enjoyed from the bargain. Will this massive discount ever make it to the UK? In the UK, the tablet is still sold at regular price, which is above £300.
We’re not exactly sure why the price hasn’t dropped in the UK. It doesn’t make sense to pay full price for a webOS-powered device that is no longer supported. However, it doesn’t make sense to get a discontinued webOS device, regardless of the huge discount. The only thing it would be good for is a highly expensive paperweight.
Regardless whether the price goes down or not, are you still interested in purchasing an HP TouchPad? Let us know what you think.