$99 HP TouchPad Sale: New Release Due for Late October

Second fire sale for the unpromising HP product

Hewlett Packard’s discontinued TouchPad will have another huge discount sale in late October, when the company will run off 200,000 more TouchPads to “satisfy unfulfilled demand,” according to tech. sources.

The TouchPad is expected to be on sale for $99 for 16 GB and $149 for 32 GB, similar to the original deal in late August in which the highly-discounted tablets were gobbled up by consumers.

“At present, the rate of TouchPad supply will not last for long,” read an email sent to Hewlett Packard employees, who scrambled along with America’s consumers to buy the highly-discounted touchpad during the last major sale.

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Tech blog Engadget refers to HP’s touchpad as an “ill fated product,” thus suggesting that the second giant sale after discontinuation means a large overstock supply.

Competition with Apple’s coveted iPad ensured an unsavory fate for the TouchPad, which was criticized for a small app portfolio (only 300 apps) unable to compete with the massive app selection of Apple and Android devices.

The product also boasted the unattractive mobile operating system, WebOS.

According to Hewlett Packard, sellers will have liberty to determine their price; some may opt not to sell the product at its $99 mark.

Where can one find the second surge of this cheap revamp?

Best Buy and the Hewlett Packard website sponsored the past sale in late August, and are likely to do so again.

The discounted TouchPad will come with panels, batteries and chassis.

Since it was launched to the market no more than two months ago, the TouchPad tablet, originally at $499, failed to attract consumer attention despite the heavily publicized and marketed efforts by Hewlett Packard.

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