The Flyer is a 7 inch tablet with a 1024 x 600 pixel display, a capacitive touch panel, and an active digitizer and digital pen for drawing or writing. It has a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon single core processor, 16GB of storage, and runs Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC’s Sense software enhancements. Overall I liked the tablet a lot when I reviewed the HTC Flyer recently, but found it hard to justify the high price tag. Now you don’t have to.
This is just the latest big price drop in tablet-land:
- Retailers in the US and Canada recently started selling the BlackBerry PlayBook for $300. That tablet also used to have a starting price of $500.
- The Motorola XOOM WiFi tablet now sells for $499 (or less) after launching earlier this year for $599.
- HP took the prize for the biggest price drop of the year when it discontinued the HP TouchPad webOS tablet and dropped the base price from $499 to $99.
We’ve also seen the price of budget tablets drop significantly. There are plenty of options available from second-tier vendors for less than $200, and now Lenovo, ViewSonic, and Amazon are all launching new tablets for about $199.99.