HP Resurrects TouchPad, For Now


Hewlett Packard, which earlier this month announced it was exiting the consumer hardware business, has pulled a reverse run. The reason is simple: Sales of the HP TouchPad are way up.

"Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand," said HP spokesman Mark Budgell.

Two weeks ago HP shocked its industry when it said it was pulling the plug on all of its mobile hardware. The decision also rang the death knell for the TouchPad, a mere 49 days after its debut in July. HP held the equivalent of a fire sale by slashing prices on its remaining TouchPad inventory. But then sales went through the roof and the company hasn't been able to meet consumer demand. Now, HP has decided to make more, at least for now.