You may not be able to find a $99 HP TouchPad at HP.com, Best Buy, or any other retail stores anymore. But the folks at DailySteals apparently got their hands on some of the discontinued tablets, because they’re offering 32GB TouchPad tablets for $240 today.
As the bargain website’s name suggests, DailySteals only offers deals for one day — so even if the store doesn’t sell out of TouchPads today, you won’t be able to buy one at this price tomorrow.
The HP TouchPad is a tablet with a 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display, 1 GB of RAM, and a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor. It ships with webOS 3.0 software — but after HP discontinued the tablet and started selling off remaining inventory at fire sale prices, a team of hackers figured out how to install Google Android on the TouchPad.
WebOS is still more stable than Android on the tablet, but if you install Android using CyanogenM0d 7.1 Alpha 2 you can access the Google Android Market and install thousands of Android apps. The tablet also feels faster and more responsive when running Android. The bad news is sometimes it doesn’t resume from sleep and the camera doesn’t yet work properly.
While $240 isn’t quite as attractive a price as $99 for a 16GB model, it’s still a pretty good deal. Even at liquidation prices, HP was charging $149 for the 32GB TouchPad. When Hewlett Packard launched the tablet this summer, a 16GB TouchPad ran $499 while a 32GB model was selling for $599.
Clearly HP didn’t sell as many tablets as hoped at those prices, which is why the company discontinued the product less than two months after launch. And that’s when the HP TouchPad suddenly became a runaway success story… of sorts.
Apparently few people want to spend $500 or more on a tablet that’s not an iPad — but a lot of people want to spend $100 to buy a tablet that’s worth five times as much.
It’s not clear how many tablets DailySteals has in stock or how long this sale will last. Stores sold out of $99 and $149 tablets pretty quickly, but I’m guessing shoppers will be a little more hesistant to spend $240 on the tablet — even if that is still more than half off the original price.
thanks Nards Barley!