The new batch of HP TouchPad tablets being produced to supply overwhelming demand will be restricted to the US, with none making it over to the UK.
As reported yesterday, despite announcing its plan to discontinue the HP the TouchPad two weeks ago HP social media strategist Mark Budgell revealed it will produce "one last run" of its tablet PC in a bid to meet “unfilled demand”.
"Since we announced the price drop, the number of inquiries about the product and the speed at which it disappeared from inventory has been stunning. I think it's safe to say we were pleasantly surprised by the response," said Budgell.
HP slashed the price of the TouchPad from $499 to $99 in the US, and the tablet quickly sold out online and in retail stores. A few days later HP reduced the TouchPad price to £89 in the UK, and there was a rush to order the webOS tablet here as well.
As each TouchPad is believed to cost $306 to manufacture, HP is making a large loss selling at such a cheap price.
However, HP has now confirmed that the new batch of TouchPad tablets will be limited to North America, and so will not reach the UK, which is now sold out of the tablet PC.
HP’s US Small and Medium Business team has sold out of HP TouchPads and will not have more inventory. The company reiterated that it is discontinuing the development of webOS devices and winding down device operations within its fourth fiscal quarter 2011.
Any HP TouchPad purchased at the price promotion of $99 and $149 is not eligible for a return.