Best buy has released a statement saying that as of Oct.1, the price of the HTC Flyer (read our review) will drop from $499 to $299. This is hot on the heels of a similar announcement about the BlackBerry Playbook, which also saw a $200 price drop to $299. After seeing products sit on the shelves, and fire sales, and cheap competitors, it looks like retailers (and likely OEM's -- Best Buy isn't eating the entire loss I'm sure) have realized that there are a lot of people who want a tablet device, but don't want to spend $500-$800 on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 or an iPad.
Now this is the part where things get interesting. The Kindle Fire looks to be a huge hit with Android fans who want a stock tablet experience hacked in place for a couple Benjamins. For $100 more, you get twice the storage, cameras, and the coveted SDcard slot. The Flyer is already bootloader unlocked, and at this price development should take off like a rocket. And for those that don't feel like rooting and fiddling with things, we already know that Honeycomb (and we assume Ice Cream Sandwich) is coming for the Flyer. That decision just got tougher.
Source: Best Buy