HP has quietly reduced the price of the TouchPad in the US by $50 which means that the tablet now costs around 10 per cent less than the equivalent Apple iPad 2 tablet.
All retailers in the US where the Touchpad is on sale have managed to cut the price of the tablet at the time of writing, with the price of the 32GB model down to $549.99.
The Touchpad is only available as a Wi-Fi tablet with a 3G version expected to come later this year. The cut hasn't yet been reflected in UK prices for the tablet which means that at the moment, the US version of the Touchpad costs £246 excluding 20 per cent VAT, around £153 less than the current UK price.
We expect HP though to cut the price of the tablet fairly soon given that the bellwether of the online consumer retail sector, Amazon, lists the Touchpad 28th on its list of best-selling tablets in the UK, behind the Motorola XOOM, the Archos 10.1 and with Asus' Eee Pad Transformer firmly on top thanks to its affordability and its docking station and keyboard.
The Touchpad is the only one out of the current crop of tablets to come with a 9.7-inch screen size and a 1024x768 pixel resolution, just like the iPad 2. It comes with a dual core Qualcomm APQ8060 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi, a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera without any rear cameras, a 6300mAh battery, a microUSB connector, integrated stereo speakers and Beats Audio.