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BestBuy Slashes HTC Flyer Price To $299.99

BestBuy has cut the price of HTC's diminutive tablet, the Flyer, down to $299.99 from $499.99 which might be a hint at how the tablet is performing in the wider tablet market.

Unfortunately, the Flyer is still on sale at its original £479.99 in the UK which is more than twice the price of its US counterpart, a hardly commendable strategy from Best Buy (opens in new tab).

The 7-inch tablet comes with Android 2.4 Gingerbread, a 1024x600 pixel resolution, a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage and a microSD card slot.

Its two unique selling points though are the array of HTC services on offer and a digitizing pen that allows the user to annotate web pages and onscreen content.

Given that that Amazon Kindle Fire is likely to go on sale in the UK for £159 by the end of the year and features similar specifications (albeit with half the RAM and onboard storage), it could be said that the Flyer and other 7-inch tablets are between a hammer (the iPad) and an anvil (the Fire).

The Blackberry PlayBook and the Motorola XOOM have suffered significant price cuts (amongst other Android tablets), but Samsung and its popular Galaxy Tab have yet to go through the same process.

Désiré Athow

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 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.