Best Buy Co. Inc. this week said it will discount HTC Corp.’s HTC Flyer tablet by $200 post 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.

The discount follows the announcement of Amazon’s Kindle Fire price tag at under $200.

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.

The Kindle Fire, to be sold Nov. 15, includes a full-color 7-inch multi-touch IPS display, Dual-Core CPU, 8GB Internal Memory, Wi-Fi functionality, and up to eight hours of battery life at $199.99.

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.

HP Aug. 19 price cut the TouchPad 16GB SKU to $99.99 from $499.99 and the 32GB SKU to $149.99 from $599.99 after lackluster sales.

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