Not even a full 24 hours after confirmation that HP would be discontinuing development of webOS hardware, memos sent to HP dealers have confirmed that the manufacturer of the TouchPad has authorized a massive discount on the TouchPad from its first price cut just one week ago.
Beginning tomorrow, all dealers and resellers have been authorized to cut pricing on the HP TouchPad 16 and 32GB models from their $399.99 and $499.99 pricepoints all the way down to $99.99 and $149.99 respectively, earning the deserved ire of those that purchased their hardware at launch last month, and no immediate recourse seems to be available for them at this time.
The TouchPad features a 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of DDR2 memory, 9.7-inch capacitive display at XGA (1024 x 768) resolution with an oleophobic (germ resistant) Gorilla Glass front, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and dual-band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi radio.
It is not clear if all retailers will honor the price match, but we encourage people to purchase a device now (if stores are still open in your area), and try to price-match tomorrow. Even if your price match is not honored tomorrow, we suggest holding onto the device and see if stores will honor price matches in the near future.