The HP Touchpad's saga continues: after being introduced, discontinued, and liquidated, HP now says that it will be manufacturing a "limited quantity" of the tablets before the end of October to meet demand. This is likely being done mostly to get rid of excess Touchpad components, rather than to revive the tablet in the wake of its post-mortem success.

Discontinued or not, plenty of people are finding reasons to snap up the ill-fated tablet at the clearance price - HP is issuing a few updates and a handful of free apps to users of the device, while devs from more adventurous corners of the Internet are trying to get a build of Android running on it.

If you're still in the market for a cheap tablet, you've still got a chance - keep an eye on the Twitter accounts mentioned in HP's announcement for the most up-to-date information on Touchpad inventory.

Source: HP, DigiTimes

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  • luv2liv - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - link

    typing on my 32gb now. No complaints so far! Good luck getting yours. Well worth it!
  • Harsh3090416 - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - link

    same here tying on my touchpad. So far no I love it. Can't figure out why there are so many negative reviews for the touch pad. It does its job quite nicely. People complaining that it is so gave you forgotten the Celeron and pentium days. I remember getting my first computer it was a 1ghz Celeron with 128mb of ram and the touchpad is like 4 to 5 times more powerful than my first PC and its a tablet. What more can we really ask for.
  • Harsh3090416 - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - link

    (^ so many typos)I am never gonna get used to typing on that thing.
  • Belard - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - link

    Yes you will...
  • Belard - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - link

    You don't have complaints about it.... because you didn't pay $400~500 for the device. Compared to others at the same $400~500, its not as good a deal. Samsung and Apple make better units.

    The hardware is a bit sub-standard, lack of #2 camera, lack of software to even use the one that *IS THERE*. Eventually, someone may make camera software for it.

    The cheap plastic black plastic on the back.. is cheap plastic.

    The OS itself is pretty good... the screen is fine. The OS & hardware is not optimized enough. It does lag compared to an iPad 1, IMHO.

    For $100, its a worthwhile product.

    I laugh at ACER's comment about the tablet market is starting to slow down... people are just not buying theirs.
  • Makaveli - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    I just ordered the 32GB model today for $169 Cdn looking forward it.
  • marvdmartian - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    If you bring a tablet as good as an iPad to market, and price it equivalently, you'll lose. Apple has too big a following, and too many apps to offer, compared to your too few apps.

    If you bring a tablet better than an iPad to market, and price it equivalently, you'll lose. Same reasons as above.

    However, if you bring a tablet to market, and can offer it at a bargain basement price, and it's as good or better than an iPad, you'll steal their business.

    HP screweed themselves on this, because even though their tablet had better features, they didn't offer anywhere near as many apps (handfuls, versus hundreds), they tied you in to their WebOS (which not too many people have expierience with, let alone a comfortable relationship), and they priced it equivalently to an iPad.

    Imagine how this story might have been different, if they'd offered them from the start for, say, $299 and $349??
  • DukeN - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    I think this is a hilarious FU move by HP to other tablet makers not named Apple.

    I think once the touchpad hit $99 or $149, the number of non-iPads sold probably was in the single digits.

    HP should just flood the market for Christmas so this stupid niche market can go bust.
  • Bownce - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    Also enjoying my 32Gb variant. The hardware is fine. The WebOS is better than expected and I don't plan to migrate to Andoid unless forced to for functionality. Already have Skype (with video), Mail, Browser, etc. My iMac wireless keyboard pairs to it so typing is a snap!

    If I need a camera, MP3 player, or cell reception then I'll revert back to my iPhone 3GS. The HP TouchPad is a great Movie player for when traveling.
  • dfgddfdf - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - link

    Come go and see, will not regret it Oh look


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