The TouchPad, HP’s ill-fated tablet PC, may have a second life after all.
The head of HP’s soon-to-be-spun-off Personal Systems Group, Todd Bradley, told Reuters the new company could resurrect the TouchPad. “Tablet computing is a segment of the market that’s relevant, absolutely,” Bradley said.
Meanwhile, HP is planning an “over-the-air” update to the TouchPad to increase its functionality, according to CNET. HP reps couldn’t be reached for comment at press time.
HP cut the price of the TouchPad from $500 to $99 earlier this month, after announcing it was pulling the plug on the product. Since then, the item has been hard to find, as customers rushed to get their hands on the discounted tablet.
The new demand prompted Mark Budgell, HP’s PR Manager for Social Media Strategy, to address the issue in a blog post Monday. Budgell said he had no information about whether more TouchPads will become available. “We will have more information available in the next few days about whether or not more will be available and if so, what the details will be about the situation,” he wrote.