“After announcing that demand for its HP Slate had ‘exceeded expectations,’ it has now leaked out that HP only planned to build 5,000 and ended up having to retool to build a total of 9,000 of them,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.
MacDailyNews Take: The lower you set the bar, the easier it is to “exceed expectations.”
Dilger continues, “Compared to the average 46,555 iPads Apple sold per day over the last quarter (during constrained supplies), a total run of 9,000 isn’t exactly the kind of demand tablet observers would describe as ‘exceeding expectations,’ instead positioning the Slate PC in the same dismal category of failure trailblazed by Microsoft’s Zune and KIN phone.”
Dilger reports, “On its website, HP euphemistically categorized the tiny production run and its incurring delay by saying, ‘due to extraordinary demand, the HP slate is on backorder. Orders are expected to ship in 6 weeks. Order now to reserve your place in the queue.'”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]