The HTC Flyer is the latest tablet to see its price kicked down a couple hundred bucks, as the market adjusts to the impact of the $99 HP TouchPad fire sale and a just-announced $199 Amazon Kindle Fire.
It comes with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, a 1,024-by-600-pixel 7-inch color touch screen, front and rear cameras, 16GB of storage, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi, a microSDHC card slot, and a single-core Qualcomm processor.
If the truth be told, the HTC tablet was overpriced to begin with, as CNET Reviews made clear back in May. But the overpriced-tablet phenomenon is not limited to HTC. Best Buy took identical pricing action on the 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook earlier in the week. And Motorola caved to price pressure in July.
Don't be surprised when more tablet prices get downsized. If Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire is as popular as expected when released November 15, more pricing adjustments from other Android tablet makers are likely.
And Apple's iPad? Well, maybe that's asking too much.