Best Buy Co. Inc. this week began offering customers the option to purchase Hewlett Packard Co.’s HP TouchPad 32GB SKU at clearance price with the purchase of a select PC.

Beginning this week, customers who purchase an HP or Compaq desktop, notebook, or All-in-One computer can purchase the HP TouchPad 32GB SKU at $149.99.

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.

HP said it would produce a limited supply of TouchPad to be available by the end of Oct. at $99 for the 16GB SKU and $149 for the 32GB SKU.

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. Inc. in Nov. will sell the Kindle Fire, which includes a full-color 7-inch multi-touch IPS display, Dual-Core CPU, 8GB Internal Memory, Wi-Fi functionality, and up to eight hours of battery life at $199.00.

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