Following the HP TouchPad sale last month, Fusion Garage have announced they will be cutting the price of their Grid 10 tablets by $200.
Last month HP announced they would be discontinuing their WebOS, this prompted them cut the price of the HP TouchPad which was running the operation system to $99 and $149 for the 16GB and 32GB editions, respectively. The tablets quickly sold out and a final 200,000 are in production which will hit the US later this month.
It seems this news has prompted other to follow suit. Fusion Garage announced that their 16GB Grid 10 tablets would go on sale at $499 for the WiFi only model and $599 for the WiFi + 3G model on September 15th. However they have just announced they will be knocking $200 of those pre-order prices, the tablets will now cost $299 and $399. UK customers can also get the tablet for £259 (WiFi-only) and £359 (WiFi + 3G).
The shipping date has also been delayed to October 1st because of “new criteria in Adobe Flash Player (FP) 10.3 approval process.”
A Fusion Garage spokesperson told Engadget that negotiations with their supplier ODM stopped them from being able to offer the lower prices before. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen, a more likely reason for the price change was because there was a lack of interest in the tablet.
Apple have been dominating the market with their iPad tablet and it finally seems that competitors are beginning to realize one quick way to make a dent in that market share is to undercut them with the pricing of their tablet. If other companies follow suit it can only mean good news for the consumers and perhaps it will force Apple into lower their prices too.