HP discounts Slate 7 tablet, but is it enough?
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.