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Remember that weekend sale we told you about last Friday that could nab you the HP TouchPad for a cool $100 off the retail price? Take your time, there’s no hurry -- HP has now made the price cut permanent in its race to make webOS the number two spot in the tablet market.
This Is My Next is reporting that HP has just slashed $100 off their webOS-based TouchPad tablet -- permanently. Available in both 16GB and 32GB capacities, the price drop makes the month old tablet an attractive choice for those looking at the iPad 2 or any one of the Google Android-based models, starting at a mere $399.
“I bring you great news today on one of our most exciting and talked-about products -- the HP TouchPad with webOS,” writes Stephen DiFranco, HP’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. “As you may be aware, over the weekend, we offered a $100 instant-savings promotion through both our consumer and commercial channels. Despite the very short runway, we were pleased with customer response and, as a result, have made the decision to implement a $100 price drop on the U.S. list price of the HP TouchPad, enabling both HP and our channel partners to be even more price competitive in the marketplace.”
Initially launched with pricing parity alongside the iPad 2 at $499.99 for 16GB and $599.99 for 32GB, the HP TouchPad now looks like an even better bargain at just $399.99 for 16GB and $499.99 for 32GB -- and it comes at a good time, with a webOS 3.0 update made available last week that appears to have mostly addressed the bugs and performance issues noted in early reviews of the device.
For those of you holding out for a data-connected TouchPad (the current models are Wi-Fi only), HP is now teasing the HP TouchPad 4G on its website, a 32GB model that adds AT&T 4G data to the mix -- although they’re not saying how much it will cost or when it will hit the shelves just yet.
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