Best Buy cuts the price of the HTC Flyer by $200 to $299.99 starting October 1st
HTC's Scribe Technology lets you use a stylus to write all over the screen.
While the HTC Flyer, the Kindle Fire and the BlackBerry PlayBook are all 7 inch tablets, Amazon is expected to expand the price wars to 10 inch tablets with the launch of its 10.1 inch device code named the "Coyote" perhaps before the end of this year. Pricing for this tablet is expected to be $249.99 which will undercut the competition like the Apple iPad 2. Amazon doesn't mind taking a loss on its tablets as they expect to more than make up the difference from selling apps, content and cloud based services.
1. superguy (Posts: 268; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Meh. Better price, but with a 1.5GHz single core Snapdragon? I'll pass.
A Xoom or Transformer at $299 might get my attention.
2. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
LMAO. The iPad would never drop that low.
18. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
because that says a lot for this product
3. taz89 (Posts: 1946; Member since: 03 May 2011)
this is all down to amazon kindle fire...just as i had hoped it should bring the price of these ridiculously price tablets
4. Edgar (unregistered)
has the flyer been updated to honeycomb?
5. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
As Steve Jobs predicted -- the first round of 7" tablet will be DOA. First RIM, and now HTC. With Amazon anchoring their Fire at $199, it will be difficult for Android tablet OEMs to charge more than $299 for the 7" tablet since the extra $100 is 50% more expensive than the Fire, respectively. The problem has the been the cost structure -- for example, it cost about $260 to $300 for a generic 10" screen tablet and once you add the 25% manufacturer mark-up (to cover SG&A expenses plus R&D expenses) and then a 15% retailer mark up, that tablet is priced too high. The Xoom had a cost structure of $360 for parts and that was a deal killer since Moto must price the Xoom above the iPad and that just about destroyed Xoom sales. Apple priced the iPad at $499 for a reason and while the iPad 2 cost more to produce than the iPad, Apple maintained the $499 price to bleed the compeitors (recall the iPad was $100 less when the iPad 2 was released).
The readers on this site don't understand how businesses make money so they can't understand why the prices are what they are. Amazon's Fire cost $180 in parts and since Amazon is willing to accept a smaller mark-up and there is no retailer nark-up, it can afford to sell the Fire at $199. HTC, RIM, HP, Sammy, etc all must face retailer mark-ups for brick and mortar stores while Apple has its own retailer brick and mortar chain and Amazon has a huge online retailer store that can sell millions of tablets.
8. superguy (Posts: 268; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Not only that, the deep tie-in with Amazon into the bookstores, appstores, etc will make Amazon more money in the long run then just selling another tablet.
It's good to see prices start falling already. Newegg now has the WiFi Xoom for $379. Almost worth it at that price.
6. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
ardent please dont make a comparison between the ipad 2 or even three and the android devices. the hardware have always been a generation behind the android equivalent. so shut that yappen dummie
16. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I speaking facts about production costs, not hardware themselves. for retards like belovedson, the concept is called economies of scale or in Apple's case, it's economies of scope. It's not my fault the Android OEMS are stupid to produce their different-sized tablets on small production runs when Apple has pretty much standardized product being produced in the tens of millions. Small production runs means high set-up costs, lower contribution margin towards sunk cost like R&D, Marketing expenses, fixed costs, etc.
In summary, again for the retards like belovedson, it's the manufacturing process, STUPID!
7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2871; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
This is just a direct shot at the amazon kindle fire, but leave it to isheep to want to make everything about their precious apple products.
9. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Need to drop another $100 and then i might seriously look into it. Also need to know more about Kindle Fire. Still can't tell if that's a REAL tablet with kindle ui or just a kindle with a few special features.
10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2871; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Its running android 2.3 but has the amazon skin running over it.
11. bbymbia (unregistered)
hmmm, wonder what the employee price will be....
12. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Nice! I'm deciding between this and the $300 Playbook. It appears that until the Kindle Fire was annoynced, all 7-inch tabs have been failures.
13. warrenellis (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
If you can get a 7 inch tablet with 5 mp camera,1.3mp front facing camera, a 1.5 ghz single core processor for $299 then why are cell phones still so expensive to buy them off contract?