Best Buy will begin selling dirt cheap HP TouchPad tablets again on Tuesday, November 1st. You’ll be able to pick up a 32GB model for $149.99.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that in order to get that price you’ll need to buy an HP or Compaq laptop, desktop, or all-in-one computer.
On the one hand, this will probably prevent Best Buy from selling out in a mater of minutes or having its servers crash as soon as the tablet goes on sale. On the other hand… unless you’re in the market for a new computer anyway, this deal isn’t quite as sweet as it was when HP first discounted the tablet this summer.
HP, meanwhile, has announced that it’s out of stock and won’t be selling any more tablets directly to consumers.
The HP TouchPad features a 9.7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor and webOS 3.0 operating system.
HP discontinued the tablet less than two months after introducing it, due to poor sales. But when HP dropped prices by as much as 80 percent to clear inventory, the TouchPad became wildly popular.
With the future of the webOS operating system uncertain, a team of developers behind the CyanogenMod Android distribution have been working to port Android to run on the TouchPad, and there’s already a slightly buggy alpha version available for anyone to try on the tablet.