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HTC may ship just 1m Flyer tablets by August with $600 price

updated 01:05 pm EST, Mon March 7, 2011

HTC leaks show just 1m Flyers, 600 price tag

HTC may have set modest expectations for the Flyer tablet based on claims on Monday from a Taiwanese newspaper. The Commercial Times said the seven-inch tablet's orders between now and August would reach just one million, suggesting only about 167,000 Flyers shipping per month if it were to launch immediately. It wasn't clear which countries would get the Flyer first, but it's rumored the US may get it as the Evo View through Sprint.

Pricing may be a fatal setback, Digitimes added. The device is believed to cost as much as $600 off-contract despite the smaller screen size. HTC has never officially confirmed the pricing of the Flyer and usually leaves it up to individual carriers or stores.

If true, the price could become a major obstacle for the Flyer. At $600, it would cost only slightly less than a 3G iPad 2 with a larger screen, faster performance and 16GB of storage. HTC has mostly been counting on its Sense UI and support for pen input as central features; time forced it to use Android 2.2 instead of the tablet-native 3.0.

Samsung faced a similar problem with the original Galaxy Tab, where the smaller screen didn't prevent it from also charging $600 and leading many in some countries to stay away in favor of an iPad.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    smaller screen is preferred, larger price is not

    I absolutely don't associate the size of the screen with the price of the device.

    After all even an iPhone is more expensive (off contract) than the iPad.

    But what I don't appreciate is the $600 price and having to buy it through sprint.

    No way, forget it, not interested.

    I do prefer a pad that is small enough to read like a paperback - not textbook size.

    But - thats the only thing they did thats of interest.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Go, HTC, Go!

    It won't be $600 by Christmastime. That's for dogGONE sure.

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I Think Consumers Need To Realize That

    the ipads are priced hoping like H*ll that purchases of apps and purchases within apps will subsidize apple's low price that other quality tablets can not undercut. Buy an ipad and apple is betting on their 30% cut of what you pay to enhance your ipad. As Jonathan-Tanya pointed out, the iphone( and many other smartphones) cost more than an ipad or most tablets. How do you think this is possible? STEALTH SUBSIDY.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    you might be right chippie

    chippie, you may be right about the pricing, but I'm not sure consumers need to realize anything.

    They'll buy the best value.

    You know archos 8 and 10 are priced at $149 and $199.

    I don't want the archos - they compromised on too many features to hit that price. But, I could live with a 1ghz A8, along with at least the responsiveness (of the screen) of say a B&N Nook Color - at 7" and come in around $399

    None of them have hit the nice price yet. Maybe we'll just see the original Galaxy Tab drop to $399 when Galaxy Tab 2 hits, or something of that nature.

    Someone will probably work it out by Christmas.

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ Jonathan-Tanya Perhaps you Are Right

    consumers need not realize anything. As many have not seen the need to realize/know that the 6 bedroom house with 7 bathrooms and indoor pool they mortgaged at the bank on $4000 monthly salary is not going to be theirs for long. And that everything they purchase with credit card and not pay off within one month cost more than the receipt that accompanied the purchase. True, so many participate in economic activity and are totally unconscious of basic principles of economics. Who am I to think that it would good for people to understand how things are priced? It is clear to me now why so few are rich when so many work their entire adulthood.

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