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HTC Flyer 16GB Tablet Price Drops To £400

HTC has cut the price for the 16GB version of the HTC Flyer WiFi only to less than £400, possibly because of the forthcoming launch of its bigger 10-inch brother, the HTC Puccini.

Phones4U (opens in new tab) stocks the device at that price while others, like Dixons, have yet to cut down from its official suggested retail price of £480. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi only can be bought for under £270.

A 32GB 3G version of the tablet is available from Amazon for £565, which is still way too expensive for a tablet whose main selling point is a digital pen.

The HTC Flyer has to put up not only with the ever-so-popular Apple iPad 2 but also with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab which doesn't have the HTC Flyer Scribe, Android Gingerbread or 32GB onboard storage.

It does however come with a £299 price tag, the ability to make and receive calls as well as texts, a very broad user base with hacks and improvements readily available as well as a large number of cheap official accessories.

One should therefore not be surprised to see that despite some great specifications like a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, 1GB RAM and a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel screen, the HTC Flyer doesn't appear to be selling as well as other competitors like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer (at least on Amazon (opens in new tab)).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.