Apple iPad rival HP Slate sees demand fizzle at 9,000 units

Apple Online Store“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.]


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  2. The management at HP is a joke. They first develop the HP Slate, then it is basically killed because they bought Palm. Now, I guess they decided since they already have R&D into the Slate, let’s release it.

    In a year, they will release a WebOS Tablet based on Palm tech. So, do they plan to develop an ecosystem that handles both W7 and WebOS? What a frickin joke ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. SIX WEEKS backorder? In that time frame HP could order the parts, put em together and ship. Sounds like they really did just build some and then completely stop production.

  4. Thats pathetic. You can spin the words all you want HP, but “exceeding expectations” is really stupid. You should state, “exceeding our lowest bottom barrel expectations”. “We hope to sell a dozen, but demand for two dozen exceeded out expectations”. Try that next time. LOL

  5. Thanks, coolio. I appreciate the information.

    If I decide to take a look at ebook readers rather than the all-purpose iPad, then I will give the Nook a look. It certainly sounds like a fine competitor to the Kindle. But the Nook being “better for everything else than the Kindle” is not an overwhelming endorsement from my viewpoint. I still believe that the iPad offers far more overall value for my family.

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