Non-iOS tablet makers to cut prices by October, Acer Iconia Tab A500 $322 at Amazon already
We don't see it as much of a surprise that the tablet prices will be falling about six months after launch, and the process had even started with some manufacturers. HP recently made the $100 price cut for its HP TouchPad permanent, and now we are seeing the Toshiba Thrive appearing for $368 at Walmart, and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 $322 at Amazon.
The sources believe that prices will gradually slide to $350 on average by October, and go down to $300 in time for the holidays.
If quality Android slates, like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, or the Acer Iconia Tab A500, which used to command pretty decent $399 price tags already, get slashed 25%, this will certainly increase the market share of Android's tablet OS, which is still quite low compared to the iOS slates.
source: Amazon & Digitimes
1. Xpple (unregistered)
Can we say, Tegra 3 quad core chips coming soon. . . fire sale on dual-core tablets. About time!
2. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Walmart is selling Acer's 16GB 10" tablet for $398 with a $100 gift card and the 8 GB 7" tablet for $328 with $50 gift card. The net prices are $298 and $278, respectively. These prices are good for this week ending 8/20.
A net price of $298 is lower than Amazon's $322 price.
I wouldn't be surprised if Android 10" tablets find a home at $300 versus Apple's $500 price point. At $300, these tablets will be priced at the same range as netbooks. With faster chips in the future, I wouldn't be surprised if tablets at the $300 price point continue to replace laptops and netbooks. I think eventually, Apple will have to follow the trend and drop the entry iPad to $400 like it did when it dropped $100 on the iPad when the iPad2 came out. We shall see.
3. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Quite low yes, but 30% market share in 6mos is pretty impressive!
4. JWILL (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)
Apple is going to be on top for a while. In order for the others to compete with them, they will have to sell their tablets dirt cheat. Just ask HP.