Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Feb 2013 17:26 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "It's officially true: Hewlett-Packard is back in the mobile race. Today, HP is announcing its first Android product: the HP Slate 7. But it looks like the company won't be making a splash right away: Starting at $169.99, the new device will launch this April with a fairly unimpressive set of specs." As I've been working my behind off on a huge Palm article, HP turns around and slaps this thing in my face. You had one job, HP.
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RE[3]: It's a start...
by Nelson on Mon 25th Feb 2013 18:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: It's a start..."
Nelson
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Helping the tablet market further erode its prices doesn't really seem logical to HP given that they provide no value-add to the customer.

It could be argued that it's worth it to accept tiny margins and high volume if it meant subsidizing some kind of ecosystem. HP isn't doing any of that. They don't have any ulterior motive for being in tablets other than wanting a slice of the monetary pie. This works against that.

Tablets are moving into this super cheap, low profit territory that I'm not sure anyone but Google and maybe Amazon even want.

HP would be wise to carefully study the effects of what they're doing, given that these prices are more easily cut than raised. Good luck trying to charge a premium down the road when people realize that, wow, a $170 tablet is unsustainable.

HP sells no services in the vicinity needed to sustain this if it catches on. They're wasting their own time.

It is a very nice tablet though, I was surprised.

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