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HP TouchPad component suppliers may be now sitting on huge pile of unused tablet parts

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HP TouchPad component suppliers may be now sitting on huge pile of unused tablet parts
As every gadget aficionado is already well aware of, HP pulled the plug on its webOS-powered hardware leaving mountains of unsold devices collecting dust in retailers' warehouses, as well as in its own. In order to move all that inventory, the manufacturer decided to sell the HP TouchPad and Pre3 at dirt cheap prices hoping to get back at least some of its investment. However, besides recovering from its loss, there seems to be yet another issue that HP is now obliged to take care of.

According to a report by DigiTimes, HP's hardware component suppliers are now sitting on a huge pile of leftover parts, most of which were meant to be used in the 7-inch HP TouchPad Go tablet. Specific numbers were not disclosed, but according to estimates, the excess supply of components was said to be enough to build about 100,000 TouchPad Go units. Reportedly, production of the tablet was scheduled to begin in the end of the third quarter of the year, but HP's unexpected exit from the tablet market disrupted seriously the suppliers' production plans.

HP is said to be well aware of the issue and is working on coming up with a solution, but what actions the company is expected to take remains unclear. How big of a financial loss HP is going to suffer from that was not disclosed either.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 30 Aug 2011, 04:55 2

1. bayhuy (Posts: 288; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


What a shame for HP....

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 07:18 1

2. jbash (Posts: 341; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


There might be a silver lining to the whole thing. With all the devices in consumers hands at this point, maybe they built a little bit of a consumer base. The device is rather nice but ruined by the memory of the Palm Pre. If, and a huge IF, there is enough satisfied ppl and the ability to make a tablet at reasonable price they could actually turn this around. Or it could all just be a pipe dream. Regardless I bought my wife a TouchPad(who wouldnt at these prices) and hope this help cool her need for an iPad.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 03:30

4. MyJobSux (unregistered)


I wonder what percentage is actually in the hands of users. I noticed a lot of people buying up the devices with the intent to cash in on them as an investment. Selling the devices on ebay and craigs list. One ad stated the original price was $499, they were selling for $260 (16gig model) and they simple used it once and didnt want it anymore. It would have been nice if HP stipulated one per customer per visit. Although I am guilty of buying 4. Although I didnt sell them, one is for me, one for my brother and another for my parents. My cousin wanted the 4th and when he rolls down its waiting in the box for him.

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