Sony Corp. this week discounted the Sony Tablet S SKUs by $100 in a permanent price reduction.

The Sony Tablet S 16GB now sells at $399.99, down from $499.99 and the 32GB SKU at $499.99, down from $599.99.

The Sony Tablet S includes a 9.4-inch touchscreen and Google Inc.’s Android 3.0 OS.

The price cut follows actions by Research in Motion Ltd. and Hewlett Packard Co. to price cut tablet offerings following weak demand.

RIM in Dec. discounted the entry-level PlayBook to $199.99 from $499.99 after slow sales.

HP discontinued the HP TouchPad in July and sold remaining inventory at $99.00 for the 16GB SKU and $149.00 for the 32GB SKU.

Apple Inc.’s iPad, which currently dominates the tablet market at 30 million units sold, shipped 9.25 million units in the third quarter of 2011.

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