HP’s discontinued TouchPad tablet resurfaces once more from its grave as Best Buy is about to sell 32-GB versions for US$150. There’s a catch, though: you need to buy a new computer with it.
Online purchases begin on November 1, whereas retail stores will offer the deal three days later on November 4.
Anyone who buys an HP or Compaq computer–desktop, laptop, or all-in-one–will be eligible to buy the 32-GB HP TouchPad at the marked-down price. If you’re looking for the 16-GB model that costs US$99, you’re out of luck. Netbook purchases are also excluded from the promotion. Best Buy broke the news in a press release to Reuters.
The TouchPad’s return is not HP’s renewed commitment for the product but rather a final production between 100,000 to 200,000 units in order to deplete end-of-life components. Whether or not Best Buy gets to sell all these units is unknown.
Returns are accepted within 14 days after purchase. If you only want the TouchPad alone and plan to return the computer you’ll buy with it, be warned: Best Buy will require you to pay for the full price of the tablet–US$600.
The TouchPad runs on the well-received webOS that HP is unfortunately ending support for, with rumors predicting it to be by the end of the month. The CyanogenMod modding team, however, has given some life for the tablet with an Android port. Expect a rough Ice Cream Sandwich version for TouchPad by the end of the year.
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Hey Best Buy it’s too early for an April Fools joke.
Trust me when I say the HP TouchPad isn’t worth $150. I’ve had two of them–slow OS, casing cracks around speakers easily, screens may often have give to them leading to light bleeding through, etc. . . check out the HP TouchPad forums at http://forums.precentral.net/hp-touchpad/