Best Buy Co. Inc. this week said it will discount HTC Corp.’s HTC Flyer tablet by $200 post Amazon.com Inc.’s announcement of the Kindle Fire tablet.
Beginning Oct. 1, the HTC Flyer will sell at $299.99, $200 off the former $499.99 MSRP.
The HTC Flyer, released in May, includes a 7-inch display, 16GB memory, and Google Inc.’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.
Additionally, Staples Inc. and Office Depot this week discounted Research in Motion Ltd.’s Blackberry Playbook by as much as $200 amid lower-than-expected sales.
Applications include the Amazon Silk Browser, E-Mail, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Appstore, and Amazon Cloud Drive with unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content.
Finally, each Kindle Fire will include a free month of Amazon Prime membership.
Amazon this week announced new Kindle models including the Kindle at $79.00, the Kindle Touch with touch display and built-in Wi-Fi at $99.00, and the Kindle Touch 3G which adds free 3G wireless functionality at $149.00.
The iPad, which currently dominates the tablet market at 30 million units sold, shipped 9.25 million units in the third quarter of 2011.
Market demand has been fickle for Android-based tablets. Products like the XOOM from Motorola Mobility Inc. and the Galaxy Tab from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have failed to make a significant dent with consumers due to $400 to $600 price tags.