Office Depot Inc. this week sold out HP Co.’s TouchPad after it briefly offered a new restock of the 32GB SKU to online customers.

Tues. afternoon, disclaimed in-stock availability of the $149.00 HP TouchPad 32GB SKU before selling out to customers.

It subsequently pulled the product page off the online division.

The HP TouchPad has held high demand since late Aug. when the company discontinued the tablet and price cut the hardware to $99.00 and $149.00.

DigiTimes in Sept. reported that HP will produce 100,000 to 200,000 TouchPad units to clear inventory of components, including touch panels, batteries, and chassis.

The company has taken delivery of 800,000 to 900,000 units, all of which have sold out when it slashed prices of the 16GB SKU to $99, the report said.

The New York Times this month said HP the limited supply of TouchPad will be available by the end of Oct. at $99 for the 16GB SKU and $149 for the 32GB SKU.

The Palo Alto, CA-based company said in Aug. it will manufacture a limited quantity of TouchPad tablets in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2011, which ends Oct. 31, to meet demand.

HP previously said it would end the manufacture of webOS devices in the fourth quarter.

In addition, HP told CNET this week that current TouchPad owners will receive a new software update that will add new functionality to the hardware.

Customers who signed up for an email request notification via will be updated when availability specifics are available.

HP is considering a spinoff of the Personal Systems Group, which has held as the No. 1 PC business against low net profits.

HP Aug. 19 price cut the TouchPad 16GB SKU to $99.99 from $499.99 and the 32GB SKU to $149.99 from $599.99.

The discount prompted strong consumer demand at nationwide retailers, including Best Buy Co. Inc., Barnes & Noble Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., all of which have sold out of the device.

HP released the TouchPad tablet series in July in a Wi-Fi 16GB SKU and 32GB SKUs to compete against Apple Inc.’s iPad which has dominated the tablet market since launch in 2010.

Both include a 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual-Core CPU, 1GB RAM, and the webOS operating system in a 1.6 lb. device.

Despite powerful specs, the TouchPad held tepid demand at launch.

Current competitors in the tablet space include Acer Inc.’s Iconia and Transformer SKUs, Samsung Group’s Galaxy Tab, and Motorola Mobility Inc.’s XOOM.

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