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Hewlett-Packard will apparently need close to two months to start fulfilling backorders for the (temporarily) revived Touch Pad tablet."It will take 6-8 weeks to build enough HP Touch Pads to meet our current commitments, during which time your order will then ship from this stock with free ground shipping," read an email sent to customers and reprinted in a Sept. "You will receive a shipping notification with a tracking number once your order has shipped."That would place the new Touch Pads in consumers' hands sometime in either late October or early November.The reduced-price devices are not returnable, according to the email.HP originally acquired web OS as part of its takeover of Palm in 2010.The manufacturer originally had big plans for loading the operating system onto a variety of devices, including tablets, smartphones, desktops and laptops.
However, sales of its Touch Pad proved anemic, and HP made the decision to end the tablet's life after a mere six weeks on the market.
In order to clear out inventory, the manufacturer sliced the starting price to $99, which sparked a surge of consumer interest.
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