Best Buy plans to launch a 9.7 inch tablet under its Insignia brand soon. Now Reuters reports the Insignia Flex tablet will cost somewhere from “239 to $259” when it it hits the streets.
The tablet is expected to have a 1 GHz dual core processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and a batter that’s good for up to 10 hours of run time. It will go on sale sometime around November 11th.
Reuters reports the tablet will weigh 1.45 pounds and have a front-facing camera.
There’s still no word on the RAM, storage, or other specs.
With a $250-ish price tag, the Insignia Flex tablet will cost about as much as top-of-the-line Google Nexus 7 tablet, half the price of the latest Apple iPad, or a little more than an entry level Amazon Kindle Fire or NOOK HD tablet.
In other words, Best Buy is positioning the Insignia Flex as a bargain tablet. It’s not like there’s a shortage of bargain tablets to choose from these days. But it looks like Best Buy is looking to fill a niche that’s not quite as full: Android tablets with 9.7 inch displays and low price tags.
The Nook HD+ has an almost as large 9″ display and will cost $269 for the 16GB model. I’m guessing the quality would be better on the Nook than this, but I’ll have to wait and find out.
Looks like my CM9ified HP Touchpad. But its specs aren’t as good.
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