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8/20/2011
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Gina Smith
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HP TouchPad $99 and $149 Firesale Pricing Entices

HP sells dead stock -- just $99 for the HP TouchPad 16GB and $149 for its 32GB. Not too shabby ...

Retailers on Saturday popped off the last HP TouchPads -- firesale prices now are $99 for the 16GB and $149 for the 32GB TouchPad. Online and at retail, customers are snapping up bargains on the tablet HP killed on Thursday.

At least now we know what it takes for tablet to rip a little attention away from the iPad. However briefly.

When will HP similarly slash prices for its Pre and Veer webOS smartphones? Hang on for that. Who knew firesales could be so fun? Killed on Thursday, HP's webOS-based HP TouchPad tablet and Pre and Veer smartphones are history. And HP's PC business is on the block.


That means webOS patents likely are, too. Together, it's a nice package for a potential buyer like Samsung, Google or even Apple -- watch BYTE in coming days for our look into the HP Web OS patent portfolio. We'll show you what HP's got.

In the meantime, BYTE Radio has you covered. In the latest episode of BYTE Wireless Radio, hosts Fritz Nelson, Craig Johnston and Gina Smith look at the future for webOS, the TouchPad and HP in general.

Episode 022: E tu, HP: HP kills off webOS based HP TouchPad tablet, Pre and Veer phones, plans to spin off PC division.

Subscribe to BYTE Wireless Radio on iTunes.

BYTE Wireless Radio is a weekly short-format tech analysis podcast covering all things mobile.


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