Hewlett-Packard flip-flopped today, saying that it’s going to produce more TouchPad tablets after all.
The company abruptly announced on Aug. 18 that it was killing the TouchPad product line after dismal early sales. But sales picked up after the price was cut to $99, from $499, to clear out remaining inventory.
That prompted HP to announce today that it’s going to produce “one last run” of TouchPads, which may be available in a few weeks. Pricing wasn’t disclosed.
An excerpt of the announcement:
Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand. We don’t know exactly when these units will be available or how many we’ll get, and we can’t promise we’ll have enough for everyone.
HP said a “limited quantity” will be produced during the quarter ending Oct. 31.
I wonder if the company is also trying to appease the Taiwanese factories that were stuck with parts of perhaps another 100,000 TouchPads, according to a DigiTimes story. It said HP was going to honor its commitments to its Taiwanese partners, who also manufacture its computers.
The DigiTimes story said the parts were for a 7-inch model of the TouchPad that wasn’t released before HP scuttled the line.
It reminds me of the way Verizon reintroduced Microsoft’s short-lived Kin phones last fall, before they all ended up at the Dollar Store.