The HP TouchPad may be on ventillator right now, though its legacy will live on. As for proof, well here is the precedent it set—the Fusion Garage Grid 10 tablet that had gone live not too long ago has been given a price-cut treatment. The Grid 10 has just been made cheaper by a whole $200, which is applicable to both the Wi-Fi only and 3G versions of the tablet. So the price war in the tablet segment goes on with Fusion Garage thus having taken a page from HP’s sales book.
The original price of the Grid 10 had been fixed at $499 for the Wi-Fi only model with 16 GB of on-board memory. The Wi-Fi and 3G version was supposed to cost a $100 more. Also, the Grid 10 tablet was supposed to have been available in the US market at this price by the 15th of this month. That figure and date both have now changed with the price now becoming $299 and $399 when it arrives. Pre-order booking for the same has commenced at the lowered price, though Amazon has not yet listed the device at the new price.
Fusion Garage has clarified they have always wanted to launch the tablet at the reduced price, but “negotiations with an ODM” made them to do otherwise. It’s a good thing all of that has been sorted out before the tablet got launched. Also, the tablet’s launch itself has been pushed back to the 1st of October, which the company has attributed to a “new criteria in [the] Adobe Flash Player (FP) 10.3 approval process.” All of the pieces are falling in place for the Grid 10.
What remains to seen now is whether the makers of the erstwhile JooJoo tablet have better luck this time. The Grid 10 is based on a heavily customized version of the Android operating system. After the price cut, the tablet does stand the chance of making it big.