HTC Flyer

It looks like $300 is the new $500. Best Buy will start selling the HTC Flyer Tablet for $299.99 on October 1st. That’s down from this summer’s launch price of $499.99.

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.



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6 replies on “HTC Flyer tablet price falls to $300 starting October 1st”

  1. Sounds like there’s a Flyer 2 coming when Ice Cream Sandwich is announced, and HTC decided to make room in their inventory ahead of time.

  2. I would have bought one of these when they were released if it was at this price…but now I wonder why I would get into this for $300 when it’s likely not going to get the announced honeycomb addition?

    1. HTC is still supporting it so it’s still on track to getting the Honeycomb update for now.  Though still no date given for when that might be.

  3. I checked out the most recent reviews at Best Buy on this Flyer.  The pen is NOT included.

    I’ll take a flyer on this deal.

  4. I’ve had one since its launch, and like it as an e-reader, gaming machine and for a quick web browse.  I haven’t used the pen much yet. I have Honeycomb on other tablets (Xoom and Galaxy 10.1), and don’t see the lack of it on the Flyer as a big disadvantage.

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