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HP TouchPad tablet firesale, online store sold out

August 22, 2011
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus

22 August 2011 – HP is chucking out stock for the TouchPads since Friday, and its bargain basement pricing at $99 (from the already discounted $399) certainly got customers out in a frenzy. HP's own site and U.S. retailers are reporting that they have sold out their web inventory. Leaving the likes of Amazon’s third party sellers with the tablet, but it won't be priced at $99.  

After HP's webOS came to an end, the company is cashing out on its remaining tablets by dropping the price to $99.99 for the 16GB and $149.99 for the 32GB version. Last Thursday, it was announced by HP that webOS will be discontinued a year after buying it from Palm. webOS was introduced by Palm in January 2009 as the successor to Palm OS with Web 2.0 technologies, open architecture, and multitasking capabilities and the first webOS device was the Palm Pre. 

HP's webOS along with Windows Phone 7 are scraping the bottom of the barrel in terms of market share. And we've reported last week, the HP's webOS device (HP Veer, HP Touchpad and the un-released HP Pre 3) hasn't exactly wowed reviewers or customers socks off.  

"Our WebOS devices have not gained enough traction in the marketplace with consumers," said HP CEO Leo Apotheker in a conference call on Thursday. "Continuing to execute our current device approach in this space is no longer in the interest of HP or its shareholders." 

Even with the huge price drop, you essentially are getting a device that is defunct and that may never get apps, updates or customer support. But if you are keen on keeping a webOS device around for your showcase of extinct hardware, then get ready to spend $99.  

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