HP Manufacturing ‘One Last Run’ of TouchPads ➝

Mark Budgell writing for HP:

Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand. 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.

This announcement from HP comes on the same day that Reuters publishes a report claiming that HP might “resurrect” the TouchPad. Reuters’ report doesn’t quote anyone explicitly saying that they might bring the TouchPad back, but does quote the head of HP’s Personal Systems Group, Todd Bradley, who told them “Tablet computing is a segment of the market that’s relevant, absolutely.”

From Rueters report alone, I’d suggest not getting your hopes up about HP bringing the TouchPad back. They couldn’t even get a direct quote from Bradley that they’re considering this move. But, combined with HP’s announcement that they’ll be doing “one last run” of TouchPads makes me a little hopeful that, at least HP’s spun-off computer division, might decide to bring back the TouchPad and webOS as a whole.

(Via Andy Ihnatko.)