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Best Buy permanently drops HTC Flyer to $300

For reasons unknown, the 16GB HTC Flyer will face a $200 price drop in Best Buys nationwide

Following the abandonment of the HP TouchPad and the recent price drops of the RIM PlayBook, Best Buy has this Friday begun axing $200 off of the price of the HTC Flyer. As a result of the steep cut, the HTC Tablet can be had for just $300 starting this October 1st.

No reason was given for the large price drop, says Electronista, but slow sales of the device could be a major factor in the decision. Most users interested in tablets look only to the iPad while the dozens of Android tablets currently out in the market are essentially ignored. If the TouchPad, PlayBook and Flyer are any indication, the underperformance of non-iPad tablets has been catching manufacturers off guard throughout the year.

Whether or not the 4G-enabled Flyer for Sprint or the T-Mobile model will have a similar price cut, or if the $300 tablet is exclusive to Best Buy, is unknown. Hopefully recent purchasers of the Flyer who paid the full $500 price will receive a refund of some sort as well.

The HTC tablet was released in May in the U.S. with an expensive $80 Scribe Pen stylus. The 7-inch device includes a 1024x600 resolution screen, 1GB RAM, single-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon CPU, front-and-rear cameras and up to 32GB SSD.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-10- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)