Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Last week, HP killed its webOS devices unit. Over the weekend, the company slashed the prices on the TouchPad. The result? The TouchPad sold out completely in a matter of hours. This confirms what I've been hearing from friends and family: "I'd love a tablet, but I'm not paying laptop money for one."
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RE[4]: No, it isn't.
by leos on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 23:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: No, it isn't."
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

Who said anything about 100?

I said cheaper. I'm thinking 200-300.


So your argument doesn't hold up. You said:
This price drop has demonstrated that there is a huge market for cheap tablets


But it hasn't. The HP Touchpad has demonstrated that there's a huge market for a $500 tablet sold for $100. Just like there's a huge market for anything sold way below market value. There is absolutely zero indication that there is a huge market for cheap tablets that are built to that cheap price. Big difference.

Edited 2011-08-22 23:15 UTC

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RE[5]: No, it isn't.
by JAlexoid on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 01:08 in reply to "RE[4]: No, it isn't."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Actually there is a lot of space where the price of the device can be reduced. $100 manufacturing cost is not that far off, considering that cheaper components can be used. Cheaper != lower quality, but rather not the latest generation.

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RE[6]: No, it isn't.
by BallmerKnowsBest on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 19:00 in reply to "RE[5]: No, it isn't."
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

Actually there is a lot of space where the price of the device can be reduced. $100 manufacturing cost is not that far off, considering that cheaper components can be used. Cheaper != lower quality, but rather not the latest generation.


That makes sense... if you've never heard of concepts like "economies of scale" and assume that component prices will never drop.

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