The HP TouchPad has only been available for a short time before the company announced to the world it was discontinuing the tablet PC. This was along with all its webOS based hardware and follows disappointing sales of the iPad 2 rival. The device has already seen fire sales across the US, and now has crossed the pond with the HP TouchPad price slashed at UK retailers but stock is low.
TechRadar are reporting that according to a Twitter post residents in the UK are going to get hold of the 16GB TouchPad for £89, while the 32GB version will cost £115. The decision to drop the tablet PC from its range is set to cost HP around $100 million. The first of the retailers to drop the price for the device seems to be the DG group.
This includes the likes of Curry’s, PC World and Dixons with the sale starting this morning. Trouble is the stock seems to seem mighty low for the device. At the time of writing post codes were checked for a variety of locations for both versions of the TouchPad, but unfortunately showed no stock. Once stock has gone don’t expect any more to come available so get checking in your area now.
It is also thought that consumers will be offered refunds or partial refunds by the likes of Dixons for those who purchased the device at the full price. This will probably depend on how long the device has been owned for. The TouchPad will be able to support Android at a later date so there will be no need to worry if HP will continue to support the device in the future.
Currently many other retailers are not advertizing the tablet PC at the lower price, with Amazon listing the 16GB version for £386.93 and the 32GB for an eye watering £479. Play.com have the 16GB version priced £349 and the 32GB £429. These other retailers will surely get in on the act and reduce their prices, but are likely to quickly sell any stock fast.
Have you any stock of the HP TouchPad in your area?