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HP TouchPad Go: $99?

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the on-the-cheap dept.

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redletterdave writes "The HP TouchPad Go, which is a smaller version of the company's signature TouchPad, may go on sale for $99 like its predecessor. The tablet features a 1023 x 768 resolution display, runs on webOS, and also has a removable cover with soft-touch coating to minimize fingerprints on the 7-inch screen. HP's new tablet also comes with a removable battery, 32GB of storage, a 3G radio, a five-megapixel camera and LED flash. HP designed the TouchPad Go around the same time as the larger model, but it failed to reach production stages when the company decided to kill off all devices running on the doomed webOS. If the tablet indeed sells for $99, it would be the cheapest tablet in the world besides the Aakash tablet, which was released by the Indian government for $35."

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Sounds good to me (2)

Nursie (632944) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522072)

I'm still annoyed I missed the fire sale on the 'full size' model.

Re:Sounds good to me (4, Insightful)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522206)

I missed the first fire sale, and that's fine because I didn't know about it. I'm pissed off about the Ebay sale, though, because I clicked "Buy it Now" the exact second the sale started (and kept trying for half an hour) and still didn't get a damn thing!

Re:Sounds good to me (1)

publiclurker (952615) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522768)

My order was canceled at the first fire sale (I was a little late learning about it though). On the eBay sale, I actually made it all the way through the PayPal purchasing, only to have the order cancelled when I returned back to eBay.

Dear HP, why do you hate money? (0, Troll)

YA_Python_dev (885173) | more than 2 years ago | (#38524044)

It's called capitalism, here's how it works:

1) download the Android 4.0 ICS source code from http://source.android.com/ [android.com]

2) integrate any missing driver from the WebOS Linux kernel to the Android Linux kernel;

3) compile & install;

4) sell the damn thing at $250-300;

5) profit!!!

You're welcome.

Re:Sounds good to me (1)

corychristison (951993) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522944)

I, too, missed the first sale... Only because I didn't have $100 at the time.

When it came back around with the refurbished models on eBay I was surprised (read: pissed) to find that they did not ship to Canada.

Re:Sounds good to me (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523150)

I, too, missed the first sale... Only because I didn't have $100 at the time.

It's amazing what you can do when you quit protesting Wall Street and get a damn job.

Re:Sounds good to me (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38524042)

Enjoy it now, all that corporate cock you love to suck so much won't help you when the revolution comes and your back's to the wall...

Re:Sounds good to me (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523992)

I, too, missed the first sale... Only because I didn't have $100 at the time.

When it came back around with the refurbished models on eBay I was surprised (read: pissed) to find that they did not ship to Canada.

Well thats your fault for living in a fake country

Re:Sounds good to me (1)

bemymonkey (1244086) | more than 2 years ago | (#38524188)

Don't be - same res on 7" gives you the same amount of "screen area" in a package that should fit in a decent sized jacket pocket.

Re:Sounds good to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38524480)

meh. try asking for it for christmas. I knew about the second ebay sale just an hour after it went live. Told relatives, then had to explain what it was, why it would be nice.

I watched the stock disappear, and christmas day I got a fuckload of jeans.

frstpst (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522076)

Huzzah!

smart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523162)

missed it by that much.

I'd get it (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522086)

I have one of the firesale Touchpads. I think it is a great product. I mean how many Apple or Android tablets let you run vanilla debian? I'd get the Go in a heartbeat.

Re:I'd get it (1)

ryanov (193048) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523418)

I have one but the plastic has cracked in a couple of places and I'm pretty careful. I like it otherwise.

Im in !! (3, Interesting)

unity100 (970058) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522090)

Such a good price/performance tablet was LONG overdue.

i wasnt gonna buy a tablet, but, i can buy this without any considerations that it will be a waste.

Re:Im in !! (4, Insightful)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522436)

Such a good price/performance tablet was LONG overdue.

Yeah it's amazing what a company can do when it doesn't factor in what it costs to manufacture a product but is simply trying to clear out inventory.

But if you're implying this would be a sustainable business model - you're delusional.

Re:Im in !! (4, Interesting)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522898)

I think the problem is everyone is dreaming of iMoney and thus making them overpowered and thus expensive. I mean think about it, what does the typical consumer do with a pad? They check their email, play Angry birds, and watch video. Now the video could be easily taken care of with a broadcom chip which is cheap, especially when you are buying in bulk, I doubt Angry birds is that big of a CPU hog, and email and webpages aren't gonna need much if you disallow flash support.

So I don't see why someone couldn't make a really nice tablet in the $180-$200 price range and make around $10-$15 a unit on them. A dualcore ARM CPU in the 1GHz range isn't that high and resistive will work fine for the screen as long as the OS is tweaked for it instead of just using a vanilla OS unoptimized for the platform like many are doing with android now. So while $100 might not be doable I don't see why sub $200 while still doing the tasks folks want a tablet for couldn't be achieved.

Personally i thought Dell had the right idea with that convertible netbook/tablet but screwed up with the choice of chip and the price which was too high for an atom based unit. Make it an AMD E-50 so it has enough power to do 1080P over HDMI, it'll also play games and even let them run their Windows programs, and price it for around $350 and the things would sell like hotcakes. Sadly american companies have all looked at Apple and see iMoney and frankly just won't accept 5%-8% profits on sales anymore as they all want to be Apple and make mounds of iCash anymore. But there is only one Apple and if this past year and a half has proved anything its that if you set your price equal or better than the iPad people will go with the more recognized brand. But if they were to target the masses with a machine that's "good enough" at the right price point there isn't any reason they can't make good steady profits year after year.

Re:Im in !! (3, Insightful)

froggymana (1896008) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523290)

I think the problem is everyone is dreaming of iMoney and thus making them overpowered and thus expensive. I mean think about it, what does the typical consumer do with a pad? They check their email, play Angry birds, and watch video. Now the video could be easily taken care of with a broadcom chip which is cheap, especially when you are buying in bulk, I doubt Angry birds is that big of a CPU hog, and email and webpages aren't gonna need much if you disallow flash support.

So I don't see why someone couldn't make a really nice tablet in the $180-$200 price range and make around $10-$15 a unit on them. A dualcore ARM CPU in the 1GHz range isn't that high and resistive will work fine for the screen as long as the OS is tweaked for it instead of just using a vanilla OS unoptimized for the platform like many are doing with android now. So while $100 might not be doable I don't see why sub $200 while still doing the tasks folks want a tablet for couldn't be achieved.

I believe there is something like this already. It's called the Amazon Kindle. Oh, and by the way it's most likely sold at loss. [ibtimes.com]

Re:Im in !! (3, Interesting)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523468)

The Kindle was NEVER made to make money on the unit, it was clear from the start Amazon was going for the razor and blades model because they make out like a damned bandit on Ebooks. If one wanted to go that route with a tablet one clearly could but i believe that by shopping around and doing as Cook did (which i give that man credit, it was a brilliant move) and locking in chips at a set price point one could easily make a profitable sub $200 tablet with decent performance. i mean Asus was selling E-350 12 inch EEEs for just $300 before the flood and making money on every single unit so I don't see why changing the screen to resistive would raise the price above $350 while keeping the same profit margins. BTW the EEE series now comes with Expressgate built in which actually has a nice appstore and ebook sales and reader so i have no doubt Asus is not only making profits on the unit but on sale of games and books as well.

In the end though American companies are just too greedy. Look at Lenovo which has made money year after year on the business IBM threw away, or how the last CEO of HP wanted to get rid of the #1 selling PC division because it was making "only" 7% profits. If you are moving a hell of a lot of merchandise that 7% profit can still be a seriously fat number and even on smaller sales you are making a good steady income. But just as so many companies destroyed themselves in the 70s by ignoring good markets to try to beat IBM at its own game so too are companies lining up to shoot themselves in the head dreaming of iMoney just like all these idiot game publishers that try to beat Warcraft and end up going tits up. In the end there can only be one Apple and they have spent 30 years building themselves up to be the Prada of home electronics and I don't care how good the specs are competing with Apple at the same price point is suicide. to use a /. car analogy it would be like Ford thinking they could compete with Ferrari by putting out a souped up Mustang at the Ferrari price point. Stupid is as stupid does I suppose and its pretty clear that if any of the HP board had an original thought they would probably have their head explode.

Bill of Material (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523054)

Price of LCD panels have dropped significantly the last few months, ditto for the DRAM.

Coupled with the cheap ARM processor ~ it doesn't have to be dual or quad core chip, ~ the BOM of a tablet can be as low as $60

Re:Im in !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523742)

Current netbook manufacturers make a profit on sub-$200 machines. What makes you think we're so far from a $100 tablet?

To answer some obvious questions: Yes, manufacturing devices like that is a cut throat business that will never produce ground breaking new inventions or awesome user experiences. No, the netbook and the tablet prices have no room for a OS license at Microsoft prices, the software development has to be funded in other ways -- and this is obviously working on the netbook side already.

Re:Im in !! (3, Informative)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523882)

^ This.
I fail to see how a tablet can't be a lot cheaper than a netbook:
- Capacity touchscreen instead of keyboard
- simple case instead of clamshell
- Cheaper ARM CPU instead of Atom
- smaller battery
- No OS license
That should easily amount to $50 less than a netbook.

Misleading title/summary (5, Informative)

ethan961 (1895082) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522102)

Only a handful of these are known to exist and as far as anyone knows they never went past pre-production models. There is no warehouse full of them to get rid of in the first place, which is what the original HP Touchpad sale was about. HP's also not about to start making them, especially not to sell at a loss.

Re:Misleading title/summary (4, Interesting)

ethan961 (1895082) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522138)

That said, having one of the original TouchPads myself, I love the Touchstone charging and WebOS really is beautiful for a tablet. I would definitely purchase a Go if I could, since it's the same thing in a smaller package that would be nicer for tossing in my backpack.

Re:Misleading title/summary (1)

devleopard (317515) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522568)

Yes, but as with the TouchPad, they could have issues with parts and vendors, in which they are trying to go with what results in the least loss. (For example, contract cancellation fees with their suppliers)

Re:Misleading title/summary (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522608)

Look, other people get to dream about Newt Gingrich getting the Republican nomination for President. Others fantasize about about Tom Cruise spiriting them away in a DC-9.

What's so wrong with us drooling over the possibility of a $99 touchpad? As these things go, it's pretty harmless.

Re:Misleading title/summary (1)

Oliver Wendell Jones (158103) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522622)

The problem isn't with drooling (or you personally in any way) - the problem is with every single tablet that shows up online gets 9,000 comments of the variety "WTF? $300+ for a tablet? HP sold theirs for only $99, do they think we're crazy?" or "Meh, it's not a $99 HP Touchpad, not interested"... If you don't believe me, watch Woot and similar sites any time a tablet shows up...

Re:Misleading title/summary (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 2 years ago | (#38524574)

Others fantasize about about Tom Cruise spiriting them away in a DC-9.

Sounds like a nightmare to me: the DC-9 was never among my favorite airplanes, and the newest of them is almost 30 years old. From Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] :

The final DC-9 was delivered in October 1982.

As for Tom Cruise... I'd fly in a DC-3 to avoid the dork.

Someone is missing a pixel (1)

SpaceLifeForm (228190) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522704)

1023 x 768 resolution display. Right.

Re:Someone is missing a pixel (5, Funny)

ZombieThoughts (1735956) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522926)

Someone is missing 768 pixels.

Re:Someone is missing a pixel (2)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523888)

Imagine how cheaply they can buy the screens with up to 768 defective pixels.

Re:Someone is missing a pixel (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523026)

Actually 768 pixels.....

Re:Someone is missing a pixel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523960)

1023 x 768 resolution display. Right.

They have removed the evil pixel

How does "Go" relate to "Go Corp?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522110)

I thought AT&T owned the trademark "Go" for tablets. For those who aren't aware, Go Corp. developed one of the early tablets and tablet OS back in the late 80s, then encountered difficulties and got bought by AT&T. Any ideas about the trademark issue?

Re:How does "Go" relate to "Go Corp?" (4, Informative)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522170)

trademarks expire if not used.

1023? Not 1024? Cheapskates ... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522116)

The sheer nerve.

Re:1023? Not 1024? Cheapskates ... (5, Funny)

The End Of Days (1243248) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522258)

They had to cut something to get it down to a hundred bucks.

Re:1023? Not 1024? Cheapskates ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522510)

But I /would/ honestly love to know what software or manufacturing defect that they can't be bothered to fix brings it down to 1023.

Re:1023? Not 1024? Cheapskates ... (2)

sunderland56 (621843) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522948)

It's designed as a 1024 pixel display - but if they only spec it as 1023, then they don't have to warranty it for one bad pixel.

Note they didn't spec 1023 x 768 *contiguous* pixels.

Re:1023? Not 1024? Cheapskates ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523100)

That actually covers 768 bad pixels... yuck!

Re:1023? Not 1024? Cheapskates ... (1)

Andy_R (114137) | more than 2 years ago | (#38524578)

It's their New Year's Resolution.

Re:1023? Not 1024? Cheapskates ... (1)

jones_supa (887896) | more than 2 years ago | (#38524628)

What has struck me odd is also some of those rare laptops which have 1680x945 resolution, in other words, an uneven amount of scanlines. I don't know if there's any downsides to it, but it always somehow bugs me.

Not the cheapest (4, Informative)

Improv (2467) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522118)

There are plenty of very low-end chinese tablets that are under $99. They're typically terribly slow, but you can get them.

Re:Not the cheapest (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523316)

so the "one laptop per child" didn't have to be such drama queens, the $99 computer came into existence with no effort on their part. just stoke the cheap chinese tablets with educational wares and throw them at third world kids, just need to set up charging stations

Re:Not the cheapest (1)

bhtooefr (649901) | more than 2 years ago | (#38524024)

OLPC is ruggedized, though, the Chinese tablets aren't.

Non-story (4, Interesting)

Junta (36770) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522134)

A story speculating that devices may or may not exist that HP may or may not sell at a price which might or might not be $99, without so much as a hint that there is evidence suggesting they ever actually *made* any production-level product beyond pre-release testing and evaluation units. Given the Touchpad Go's schedule probably wouldn't have had it in mass production at the time HP killed the product line, it seems unlikely that they would have gone forward with production, unless their supply chain already had them over a barrel (which was allegedly the cause of the second wave of firesale, the third being to flush out returns). The problem is any thinking right now is merely speculation.

I'd probably take the plunge and get it if offered just for a WebOS device to play with (I have a few Palm Pres, but it's hard to justify playing with them when my Android phone has much better hardware in every way (bigger, higher resolution screen, faster processors, 4 times the ram, a camera that actually focuses, etc) and actually has support for things like Netflix.

Re:Non-story (1)

Supa Jorell (1683012) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522864)

There is no Netflix supported app on WebOS.

Re:Non-story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523216)

There is no Netflix supported app on WebOS.

Yeah ... that's one reason why he said he considers his Android phone the superior device .. because it has things WebOS doesn't have ... like Netflix support.

I wish you jackasses would learn to comprehend what you read. If you have some malfunction or other excuse for not doing that with everything you read, you could at least sort that out for the posts to which you reply.

Screw Standard Resolutions (5, Funny)

stilldead (233429) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522172)

1023x768??? This a really good plan.

Re:Screw Standard Resolutions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522378)

surely submitter/editor fail, this is slashdot afterall

Re:Screw Standard Resolutions (2)

Strudelkugel (594414) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522380)

North Korean State Television announced it will be the only approved tablet when available!

Re:Screw Standard Resolutions (1)

cultiv8 (1660093) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522432)

Off with their heads!

Price (5, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522440)

1023x768??? This a really good plan.

Come on, you wonder why this is the only tablet that can be sold for $100? It's the extra pixel that makes all the difference. The guy who owns the patent on pixel 1024 has been licensing it at an obscene markup to manufactures, it's good to see someone finally put a foot down and stop the madness.

Re:Price (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522650)

I'm not sure if this is an attempt to be funny... or your a fucken idiot

Re:Price (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522680)

your a fucken idiot

You're ignorant of the meaning of very simple words and call the guy who was obviously making a joke an idiot?

Re:Price (4, Funny)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522726)

I'm not sure if this is an attempt to be funny... or your a fucken idiot

Whose the idiot when you don't even know about the 1024th pixel patent!

Re:Price (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38524164)

Woooooossshhhh.

Re:Price (1)

smart_ass (322852) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522774)

Actually ... that would be an extra 768 pixels. ;-P

Re:Screw Standard Resolutions (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523326)

it's a cost savings measure, that extra line of pixels always winds up the part of the panel bar in Linux or Windows that never changes anyway

Linkbait headline on TFA (4, Informative)

Jay L (74152) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522184)

TL;DR: "There was going to be a TouchPad Go, but it never got produced. Film at 11."

Article is trolling for page hits (5, Interesting)

Bushwuly (585191) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522238)

I'm typing this on a TouchPad now, and follow webOS news pretty regularly hoping for positive news. However, the original source that this article supposedly refers to (http://www.webosnation.com/review-hp-touchpad-go [webosnation.com] ) specifically states that:

... the fact that this tablet will never see the light of day puts a rather large damper on the party.

P.S. The only one of these ever sold was on eBay a month or so ago for over $700

Re:Article is trolling for page hits (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522382)

yes.. sigh.

  - Sent from my HP TouchPad.

Re:Article is trolling for page hits (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522418)

And they paid tooooo much for it. If you have a little bit of patience, you're going to see more firesales for decent tablets that also hit the wall of reality-- and soon, IMHO.

$99 TouchPad 2 (1)

CanEHdian (1098955) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522412)

I don't see why HP should not revive the TouchPad Go (renamed to TouchPad 2, the other one renamed to Touch Pad Classic). There's a market out there, and they can make money other than on the hardware; (licensed) peripherals, App Catalog sales, there's already a Kindle app, perhaps also introduce a Nook Reader app and get a percentage of sales through that from B&N. Wouldn't that be cool, Kindle and Nook on one device?

Disclosure: I have a WiFi-only (= no GPS) TouchPad (32GB, $149) and use it as an e-reader about 75% of the time; unfortunately I have to convert everything to pdf as I haven't taken the time yet to use the alternate installer (for which I believe there is a proper reader that handles epub, etc.).

Re:$99 TouchPad 2 (4, Informative)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522466)

I don't see why HP should not revive the TouchPad Go (renamed to TouchPad 2, the other one renamed to Touch Pad Classic). There's a market out there, and they can make money other than on the hardware; (licensed) peripherals, App Catalog sales, there's already a Kindle app, perhaps also introduce a Nook Reader app and get a percentage of sales through that from B&N. Wouldn't that be cool, Kindle and Nook on one device?

Disclosure: I have a WiFi-only (= no GPS) TouchPad (32GB, $149) and use it as an e-reader about 75% of the time; unfortunately I have to convert everything to pdf as I haven't taken the time yet to use the alternate installer (for which I believe there is a proper reader that handles epub, etc.).

Somehow you truly believe selling a tablet at a price point that's hundreds of dollars below the manufacturing cost is a sustainable business model. Tell me, how much have YOU spent on extra apps, peripherals, etc. for the TouchPad you own? And, if you've bought peripherals - do you believe they cost nothing to manufacture?

I really don't get how some of you can be so disconnected from reality.

Re:$99 TouchPad 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523394)

I hate to burst your bubble, but the manufacturing cost can drop dramatically depending on how much you buy. If it sells tens of thousands at the $300 price range, and there is truly a market for cheap tablets, it could very well sell hundreds of thousands or even millions at the $100 price range.

Guess what. That $250 device you bought the other day only cost $50 to manufacture and 150 from the wholesaler. In case you're feeling especially dense, HP would be the wholesaler in this case. These aren't PCs, and frankly the margin on PCs is so wide that manufacturers like Dell can afford to offer them on sale for 3/4 of their MSRP.

The power supplies that you can buy for $40.00 for a brand new Samsung monitor only cost the wholesaler $10.00 to buy from the contract manufacturer in China.

Re:$99 TouchPad 2 (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522590)

Can't you run the kindle app on the Nook Color already?

Either way, it's missing the point. The color products are for watching movies and doing interactive stuff (and reading in the dark). If you're serious about the reading, you get the e-paper ones. Which, with B&N at least, complements your tablet nicely due to the inter-device page syncing.

Re:$99 TouchPad 2 (0, Redundant)

Graff (532189) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522792)

Wouldn't that be cool, Kindle and Nook on one device?

Yes, it would! Why won't someone make a device like that? Oh wait, there is one!

Nook for iPad [apple.com]
Kindle for iPad [apple.com]

Re:$99 TouchPad 2 (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522880)

Oh hey and you can do that on both the Kindle Fire, Nook Color and Nook Tablet for $199-249 by sideloading apps or on the Kindle Fire by just downloading it from a direct link. Amazing how they can do that for half the price...

Re:$99 TouchPad 2 (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522870)

they can make money other than on the hardware;

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

no.

The tech industry as we see it now proves you've got to put out good product first THEN make it cheap. Not make cheap hardware now THEN make it good product.

Re:$99 TouchPad 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523304)

Disclosure: I have a WiFi-only (= no GPS) TouchPad (32GB, $149) and use it as an e-reader about 75% of the time; unfortunately I have to convert everything to pdf as I haven't taken the time yet to use the alternate installer (for which I believe there is a proper reader that handles epub, etc.).

Got any other uses for it? I picked one up in the fire sale and loaded all my reference material (in my case, it was already in PDF) onto it. Well worth it at the price, but now I'm looking for other excuses to use it.

$99 are you out of your mind? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522424)

Mod me off topic but I'm so stoned right now and about to write a program in JS. God save the queen.

Trial balloon? (1)

wrencherd (865833) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522438)

Looks like a "let's see if they'll jump again" trial balloon from HP . . .

Though I have to admit that it's pretty good bait.

Zentai Shop (-1, Offtopic)

rechthofen (2541324) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522448)

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can you get the Aakash tablet in the US (1)

Presto Vivace (882157) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522450)

have any Slashdotters tried it? Is it good?

Link Trap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522474)

Holy crap at the amount of videos that start on that page. Not all of us are on 30mbit here.

Re:Link Trap (2)

otuz (85014) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523118)

That's entirely true. Almost no-one is on such slow connections. To transfer an entire byte on a 30mbit/sec connection, you'd need over 4 seconds.

I'd buy one (2)

kimvette (919543) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522488)

If it can run ICS or Honeycomb and has both WiFi and Bluetooth, I'll buy one even at $250. I want an Android tablet for one purpose: to run Torque via an ODB-II adapter.

Re:I'd buy one (1)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522644)

Indeed. I want one for this very purpose. Something I can toss in the glove box without caring too much, and velcro flat on the dash to use as a HUD when I need those extra gauges.

Of course, being able to do other stuff with it, as well, when it's not acting as a performance gauge HUD, would be a benefit.

Re:I'd buy one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523398)

> and velcro flat on the dash to use as a HUD when I need those extra gauges.

Err, that's not a HUD then. A HUD needs to be in your line of sight when looking-out. Hence "head-up".

Difficult to do with a tablet, given that they are not transparent.

Any other terms you want to re-define? How about defining the accelerator pedal of your car to be its "engine"?

Re:I'd buy one (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522758)

Ironically, I'm waiting for webos to be released and ported so I can buy a cheap android tablet and stick webos on it.

No bluetooth? (1)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523254)

There is no BT in the published specs, how are you going to connect to the OBD-II interface? Sure, it's probably on there, but I wouldn't bet on it. You can probably get a used tablet for $250 or less, that will run your torque just fine.

1023 pixels wide? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522604)

Were they afraid Apple would sue them for 1024?

Summary is crap. (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522632)

1023, really? I'm betting it's 1024x768, but that's from the article -- worth a [sic] IMO, but I'll let it go.

As the article says, "many wonder" if it will be firesaled for $99, but there's no new reason to suppose any significant stock exists; it remains the same baseless speculation it's been for months.

And as for second-cheapest tablet, a dozen cheaper ones [dealextreme.com] beg to differ.

I like the tablet and this is good news, but

NOT the cheapest (1)

Skal Tura (595728) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522878)

Eken M009S can be had for ~55$ and available to anyone, list pricing.
See pandawill.com

Most nonsensical summary on Slashdot I've seen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38522956)

The device never reached production...

So what would they be selling? A handful of prototypes?

What an utter failure of basic logic.

Re:Most nonsensical summary on Slashdot I've seen (1)

Mathinker (909784) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523236)

> So what would they be selling? A handful of prototypes?

Pagehits on the the linked sites.

And it's going to suck... (-1, Troll)

Stiletto (12066) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522978)

Just like every other iPad wannabe out there. When are manufacturers going to learn that you can't just toss together some hardware and a touchscreen, slap some Android on it, and pretend you're a cool, hip "tablet" maker? There's this giant ocean of crappy tablets out there that keeps slamming against the rock called iPad.

Re:And it's going to suck... (2)

xeno (2667) | more than 2 years ago | (#38524014)

iPad = a rock? Well, if you put it that way, I have to agree!

Ya doofy n00b, there's nothing Android about the Touchpads. Did you miss the... and the part about the...? And the big firesale... and then the open...? (*sigh*)...
Yeah, I guess you did.
Do ya live under that rock^h^h^h^hiPad?

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee....

Nope. Not the Cheapest (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523084)

It might be the best tablet at that price point, but $80 Android tablets are becoming pretty common if you look in places like drug stores. I'm not saying I want one of the $80 tablets, but they certainly exist.

Re:Nope. Not the Cheapest (1)

steevven1 (1045978) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523404)

Link?

Re:Nope. Not the Cheapest (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523880)

http://www.dealextreme.com/c/tablets-1409?page=1&pagesize=20&pagesort=price [dealextreme.com]

For something closer to home, you could go to CVS and get the craig. It's regular price is $99, but it is frequently on sale for $75-$80. Here is a review and info on rooting:

http://reviewhorizon.com/2011/05/how-to-root-install-custom-roms-and-add-android-market-for-cvs-craig-cmp-738a-75-android-tablet/ [reviewhorizon.com]

none (1)

gracelily (2541362) | more than 2 years ago | (#38523188)

that's cheap?!maybe , but i do not really want it . http://www.jpzentai.com/ [jpzentai.com]

WebOS just doesn't want to go away yet (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523194)

I wish HP would figure out a viable business model for these devices... These constant rumors only peak interest in these products and what could have been. If they sold for around $200-250, I'm sure more people would have bought them. The capability is also there to develop an BOOK/EBAY/AMAZON/ITUNEs style of market to bolster sales of these products...

BUT CONSIDER THIS !! YOU ARE SUBSIDIZING TERROR !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523238)

Ink cart prices are subsidizing these prices for HP. No other way it can do this. By buying into HP's stranglehold on ink, you are supporting TERROR !! Ink is not as precious as gold, but HP wants you to think it is !!

JUST SAY NO !! TO HP

Like hp touch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523348)

I like it :-) www.wienaufsperrdienst.at

Sounds good... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523630)

But is it square? Apple's gonna sue them...

Aakash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38523926)

Did anyone else read Akatosh instead of Aakash in the last line? I used to be able to read, but then I took an arrow in the knee.

Smart Business (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38524072)

To introduce the 7" model for $99 to come in under the Kindle Fire - even if only at an introductory rate would be great marketing.
People will scoop them up creating a deeper customer base for the WebOS platform. Once you have a customer base for the platform, and the platform grows then you have a greater potential for perpetual sales. I've used iOS and use Android daily. I'd prefer WebOS over both. WebOS on the TouchPad hardware is awesome. WebOS is smooth, and after a little learning curve, works great, nice flow.
So I have no doubt of a success of a $99.00 tablet, even if they did it for a limited time (90-days) by then they could go up for a few months, by then the money would balance out between production/marketing costs and what they'd have sold in apps and accessories, and they'd have a steady market.
Revive the 10" tablet with a few upgrades (dual camera, replaceable battery, SD slot, HDMI out, 3G or LTE connection) -- I think then the revived TouchPad would have the user base, and clout to compete with iPad - at least in the same price points.

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