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HP slashes the price of the TouchPad tablet

TouchPads available for as little as £89

HP Touchpad

HP has drastically reduced the cost of the recently launched HP TouchPad tablet to as little as £89 in an effort to sell off stock, ahead of the restructuring announced last week.

The 32GB HP TouchPad has been reduced to £115 from £479, while the 16GB model has been cut to £89 from £349. The would-be iPad rival runs the webOS operating system, which HP acquired from Palm in April 2010, and, like the iPad, the tablet has a 9.7-inch touchscreen.

Dixons Retail, which includes Dixons, Currys and PC World, has reduced prices listed on its websites, and prices in shops are expected to follow.

Thinking of buying a cut-price HP TouchPad? Read our full HP TouchPad review to see how it fared in our tests.

HP restructuring

Last week’s announcement from HP regarding the restructure, hinted that the tablet had struggled to compete against the Apple iPad in the way that HP had hoped.

After the restructure, the personal computing division, responsible for PCs, laptops and the TouchPad, will continue operate as a separate company and may be subject to takeover bids from rival manufacturers. HP may also attempt to sell the webOS operating system that powers the HP TouchPad.

Confused by tablets? Read our free tablet buyers’ guide for easy to understand advice.

HP’s printer business remains unaffected by the company restructuring.

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