Suppliers Pushing Down Tablet Prices
By Doug Olenick and Joseph Palenchar On Aug 22 2011 - 4:01am
NEW YORK –
Pricing and products dominated recent
developments in the tablet market.
More tablets turned up at prices of $299 and less,
with Vizio shipping its previously announced 8-inch
Wi-Fi Android tablet at a suggested $329 and an everyday
For its part, digital-photoframe
and e-reader supplier
Pandigital launched three new
Android tablets at suggested
retails ranging from $159 to
Hewlett-Packard also cut
its pricing. It made permanent
a $100 price reduction on its
TouchPads, with the TouchPad
16GB Wi-Fi model now retailing
for $399 while the 32GB
version retails for $499.
Acer also expanded its selection.
Here are the details:
The Iconia tablet PC line expanded with the
addition of a 7-inch model, the Wi-Fi-only Iconia Tab
A100. It is the first 7-inch model in Acer’s line and runs
the Android 3.2 operating system.
The 16GB version has a $349 suggested retail,
while the 8GB model comes in at $329.
The A100 uses an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz
processor with 1GB of memory, features 720p video
playback, and plays video for more than four hours. It
also features MicroSD and MicroUSB ports.
The A100 is shipping in the
United States and will hit Canada
to make permanent a
$100 price cut was made after
a $100-off instant-savings promotion
proved so successful,
the company said.
At the same time, the company
pushed out the first major
update for WebOS 3.0.
Early in the year,
the company provided a firmware
update to turn its 7-inch
Pandigital Novel line of color-screen products into
combination Android tablets/e-readers.
Now the company has released three Android-based
Nova tablets. The Pandigital Star and Planet run on the
Android 2.2 OS, and the Nova runs on Android 2.3.
The Star retails for a suggested $159, while
the Planet and Nova carry a $189 suggested
A fourth unit, which will be the line’s flagship,
will be released in September.
All three Wi-Fi tablets have a 7-inch display
and Arm Cortex 9 processors with embedded
hardware 3D graphics. The Planet and Nova
displays are 600 by 800, while the Star features
800 by 480 resolution. Integrated memory
is 2GB for the Planet and Star and 4GB
for the Nova. A MicroSD slot accepts 32GB
cards. They also feature MiniUSB port and
The tablets weigh about 14 ounces and are
5 inches wide, 7.5 inches high and 0.5 inch
thick. The company is reporting six hours of
Limited shipments of its nextgeneration
dual-OS tablet, which uses both the
Windows 7 and Android 2.3 operating systems,
the 10.1-inch ViewPad10pro. It is designed for
Shipping in higher quantities later this
month, it is available in two configurations.
One features Windows 7 Professional, Android
2.3 and 32GB solid-state hard drive at
an estimated everyday price of $699. The version
with Windows 7 Home Premium, Android
2.3, and 16GB solid-state hard drive retails for
an everyday $599. A custom docking station
accessory is $59.
The 1GHz Vizio Tablet became available
at Sam’s Club, Walmart, Costco, Amazon
and other retailers initially at online prices ranging
from $289.87 at Sam’s to $298 from Amazon
It is equipped with Android 2.3 OS, access
to the Android Market and IR blaster to double
as a universal IR remote, a 8-inch 1,024
by 768 capacitive touchscreen, built-in GPS,
802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity,
HD video playback and front-facing camera.
For video playback, the tablet features Micro-
HDMI output, HDMI mirroring and High-Definition
Copy Protection compliance to stream
copy-protected video to a TV.