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HP’s discontinues TouchPad – Retailers go on a selling spree at $99

Aug 22, 2011 4:49:22 AM - itnnews.lk

Hewlett-Packard discontinued operation for devices running on WebOS, including its newly launched TouchPad and smartphones last week (18 August) due to low sales.

The announcement marked the death of WebOS, which won critical acclaim but little commercial success over the past few years.

With its sudden demise after just seven weeks on shelves, the TouchPad joins Dell Streak 5 in the tablet graveyard and analysts suggest others are bound to follow.

Other tablets that have failed to impress consumers include Asustek Computer Eee Pad Transformer and the Xoom from Motorola Mobility.

However, as a result, the TouchPad received possibly one of the most dramatic price cuts in all of tablet computer history – its 16GB and 32GB versions going at just $99 and $149 early Saturday (20th August).

Some consumers were skeptical about rushing in for the great bargain over the TouchPad based on the now discontinued webOS. However, HP’s one-year warranty plan and the dirt cheap price tag still created a tablet-buying frenzy over the weekend.