Minneapolis - Tablet pricing is getting aggressive in time for the fourth-quarter selling season, with Best Buy announcing a $200 price cut on the HTC Flyer to $299 starting Saturday, Oct. 1.
The new price will be available online at BestBuy.com and at all Best Buy and stand-alone Best Buy Mobile stores.
The Wi-Fi-only Flyer has been available exclusively through Best Buy since May 22, though a Flyer-based 4G HSPA+ Flyer is available from T-Mobile, and a Flyer-based Evo View 4G is sold by Sprint.
The Flyer's price cut, which the chain called "permanent," follows the chain's reduction this week of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by $200 as part of Research In Motion's previously announced plans to drive PlayBook sell-through in the fall through stepped-up promotion.
Best Buy's Flyer announcement follows the introduction this week of Amazon's first tablet, the Kindle Fire, at $199. It's due Nov. 15 with a 7-inch color touchscreen, Amazon's own Android-based OS and 8GB of embedded memory. It accesses Amazon's own app store, not Google's Android Market store, which offers many more apps.
The HTC Flyer features 7-inch touchscreen, Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and 16GB of memory.
PlayBook pricing at Best Buy dropped to $299 for the 16GB version, to $399 for the 32GB version, and $499 for the 64GB version.