In an unusual about-turn, HP has announced that it will produce a new batch of TouchPads before the ill-fated tablet is finally canned, although the company declined to say how many will be made available.
Mark Bludgell, social media strategist at HP, revealed the news on the firm's The Next Bench blog, explaining that the number of enquiries HP had received, and the speed with which the device sold out once its price was slashed by retailers in the US and UK, had been "stunning".
"Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand," he explained.
"We don't know exactly when these units will be available or how many we'll get, and we can't promise we'll have enough for everyone. We do know that it will be at least a few weeks before you can purchase."
The limited number of TouchPads will be manufactured during the quarter ending 31 October, and HP has requested that stock is limited to one per buyer.
HP announced its decision to ditch webOS and the associated hardware a fortnight ago, as part of a major restructuring which could also see the firm offload its PC division as it seeks to concentrate on software and services.
However, HP was not expecting the strong demand which followed its decision to slash the cost of the TouchPad. Stock sold out from retailers including the Dixons Group in just one day as prices fell to £89 for the 16GB and £115 for the 32GB versions.
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