Turns out there's a big demand for TouchPads - at $99, now the inventory reduction price of...

Turns out there's a big demand for TouchPads - at $99, now the inventory reduction price of Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) discontinued tablet. But few brands will want to pick up the fight to undercut the iPad (AAPL) - except possibly Amazon (AMZN), which can sell the hardware at a lower price because it's pushing its books, movies and apps - "No other potential [tablet rival] has that kind of leverage."

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  • D_Virginia
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    $99 is indeed the magic price point for tablets.


    Even if it's a crappy OS (and WebOS isn't /that/ bad), getting a mobile reader/browser/player for under $100 opens up a whole new market of consumers.


    However, Amazon couldn't even get the low-end version of the Kindle below $100, what makes anyone think that they'll be able to do that with a full functional tablet??
    23 Aug 2011, 02:59 PM Reply Like
  • pfbsurf
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    Does anyone know what it costs to manufacture a $100 tablet? Just curious...


    Also, between RIMM and HPQ failing miserably, and Samsung's legal issues with their tab, I'd love to see someone on SA crunch the numbers for the iPad in terms of picking up whatever marketshare was projected for their competition... Someone smarter than me of course... Short of anti-trust regulation I just don't see a worthy rival for AAPL in this space. Ever.
    23 Aug 2011, 03:29 PM Reply Like
  • Conventional Wisdumb
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    These things were sold out before this news reached the mainstream news. You had to move last week to get one.


    Goes to show the importance of price in consumer tech adoption.
    24 Aug 2011, 09:39 AM Reply Like
  • Niranjan
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    Amazon can subsidize only if they built a wall around their device. With their device, one might be able to download apps/books/music/movie only from them.


    That is a very clear fragmentation of Android!
    24 Aug 2011, 12:37 PM Reply Like
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