HP to manufacture more TouchPads in response to demand

One more production run will be made, due to 'stunning demand', company says

Hewlett-Packard has announced that it will manufacture more TouchPads in response to "stunning" demand following its decision to discontinue the tablets.

"Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand," Mark Budgell, an HP spokesman, wrote in a blog post. At the time of writing, the site appeared to be overloaded and was unavailable, but the post has been reposted elsewhere online.

The newly manufactured tablets will go on sale in a few weeks. Bedgell said a "limited" number would be made but couldn't say exactly how many. "We can't promise we'll have enough for everyone," he wrote.

The company will produce the tablets during its fourth fiscal quarter, which ends on October 31.

Those interested in the tablets can follow Budgell and HP spokeswoman Bryna Corcoran on Twitter for updates on when the new tablets will go on sale, he said.

He did not say if the tablets would continue to be sold at a drastically reduced price or if they would also be sold through retailers.

When HP announced on August 18 that it was discontinuing the TouchPad, it dropped the price substantially. Within days, HP had sold out of the tablets, as had many retailers.

Some of the demand may have come from users who were interested in porting Android to the tablets and seen a heavily discounted TouchPad that can be geared to run Android as a great bargain.

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