The Indian market experienced one of its biggest cut in price of a tablet when HTC reduced the price of its “Flyer” tablet from INR 36,000 to INR 23,990.
The high price of the tablet, it can be guessed, was a hindrance to its sale in the Indian market. This along with the fact that the Flyer still continued with Android 2.3 Gingerbread while others in the fray were moving on to Android Honeycomb can be considered another important factor that led to the 7 inch tablet record dismal sales.
That HTC is working on the Honeycomb update is what we have been hearing for quite sometime now while there are also chances of ICS ROMS coming up for the Flyer tablet in a short while. Other hardware specification of the Flyer reads as follows: a 1.5 GHz single core chip, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot for adding some more. However, the biggest USP of the tablet is the HTC scribe pen that comes with the tablet and acts as an input device while being also receptive to finger inputs. This allows the tablet’s 7 inch display to be also used for taking down notes or for drawing. Providing the juice is a battery pack of 4000 mAh rating.
As such, what remains to be seen now is whether the tablet finds increased acceptance post the price cut. What also can’t be ignored is that things could have been a lot better for the Flyer had it started out with this price tag as 36K for a 7 inch tablet was always a bit too costly. Also, the cut in price may be the early signs of HTC trying to clear off all existing stocks of the tablet in order to make way for the new Quattro version.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email