HP discounts Slate 7 tablet, but is it enough?

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Back in April, we saw HP slowly get back into the mobile device game with the launch of its Slate 7 Android tablet. It was pretty affordable, and had some interesting features, like Beats Audio on a non-HTC model, but we ultimately found it to be just too pricy for its lower-end hardware. At the time, we noted that if HP ever got around to shaving just a bit more off its already-low price tag, the Slate 7 could finally reach that point where it was cheap enough to offset some of those hardware concerns – we mentioned coming in under the $150 mark as a key target. Well sure enough, HP is now slashing prices on the Slate 7, but is it going to be enough to spur sales?

When they launched, the 8GB Slate 7 sold for $170, and the 16GB model for $200. Now both models get $30 price reductions, bringing things down to $140 and $170, respectively.

While that finally starts to hit the levels we were hoping for, we’re also several months closer to the IFA, several months closer to the end-of-year holiday season, and that much closer to seeing the release of even better-performing and better value tablets. A $140 price tag sure is attractive, but we get the feeling that HP is still going to struggle to move these tablets.

Source: HP
Via: The Droid Guy

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!