$99.99 HP Tablet will become an Android tablet. Porting teams are busy working to make it work. Other Android makers to face low sales in the next months?
The $99 HP Tablet is a huge hit. As reported, HP launched a fire-sale on the webOS running HP TouchPad after they announced to not make anymore webOS tablets and phones. Since Saturday the 16GB HP TouchPad is offered at the super low price of $99.99. This launched a buying frenzy and now the TouchPad is a hard find at this price. Now there is actually a market for it on eBay where bids go over $200 for the 16GB TouchPad and over $300 for the 32GB TouchPad.
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So how many TouchPads has HP produced? We know from this report that Best Buy had about 250,000 TouchPads in their warehouses left. How many did Walmart, Amazon and others receive from HP? Yesterday the LATimes reported that also the HP online store is getting more inventory. I guess some TouchPads are still on ships from Asia. My rough calculation results in about 1 million TouchPads that will be in U.S. consumers hand this week. This will largely go on the cost of Android tablet makers. Especially since several groups have announced to port Android to the TouchPad. Ubuntu also is supposed to joined the party.
If the ports are successful and you got your hands on a $99.99 TouchPad, you hit the jackpot. The specifications of the TouchPad are roughly comparable to the current HoneyComb Android tablet generation. These tablets sell for generally for around $400.
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See also the latest TouchPad News.