TouchPad nabs the #2 tablet slot for the first three quarters of 2011, not likely to repeat
Mostly due to the ridiculous fire sale pricing that HP dropped onto the HP TouchPad after they threw in the towel on webOS devices, the TouchPad managed to nab at least one impressive number. In fact, it’s higher than HP was really aiming for (unless you’re Mr. Number One Plus): #2, behind the Apple iPad (at least for 2011 up through October).
Of course, that’s a really distant #2. According to statistics by NPD, HP’s cancelled tablet managed to snag 17% of non-iPad tablet sales. It’s estimated that HP managed to sell right around two million TouchPads during the first three quarters of this year, which isn’t bad considering that the webOS tablet was widely available for less than a quarter. But it’s not great when you factor in the massive loss that HP took winding down the webOS business and selling hundreds of thousands of TouchPads for a loss. For comparison – Apple sold 11.2 million iPads in just the last quarter, and those were all at full price.
HP was followed by Samsung (who sells multiple tablets at multiple sizes) with 16%, Asus at 10%, and Motorola and Acer both at 9%. Every one of those manufacturers had their Android tablets on sale for far longer than HP, but again at higher prices. It’s a small victory for webOS, but at a significant cost.