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HTC Flyer tablet gets priced in the UK

UK retailer The Carphone Warehouse is now listing the Flyer, HTC's unique 7-inch tablet, for pre-order for £599.99 (~$960). This fits with earlier pre-order prices for the device -- way back in February Amazon Germany listed the Flyer with a price of €669, which at current exchange rates is almost exactly £600.

While the Flyer is a neat little device (we got to play with it at MWC and CTIA), we definitely think that such a high price point will deter a lot of customers. At £599.99 it's £20 more expensive than the UK 3G Xoom, which offers a larger screen, superior internals and Honeycomb out of the box.

We'll see how this price goes down with consumers when Carphone begins shipping Flyers in "early May". [Carphone Warehouse (opens in new tab)]

Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • Holy shizzt...
  • ... hahahah. Why bother? Do they have access to the outside world? Don't they see that this isn't exactly the cream of the crop?
  • This is thE reason that android tablets won't catch up to iPad the prices are just to high to compete with apple. Smdh
  • That is a pretty hefty pricetag. I am one of the few in the 7" tablet market, and I love the looks of the Flyer. I may just get the Sprint version eventually. But that is a depressing price for our UK counterparts.
  • How sad...could've been a huge hit :( I wanted one.
  • I will get one when it drops to about 350.00 no more than that.
  • There's no way that anyone in their right mind would drop almost a grand for that. No way. That's where someone chimes in "why don't I get a laptop then?", and yeah exactly why wouldn't you? Esepcially one a grand. I'm assuming the pricetag has to drop, and hopefully its a mistake.
  • Too bad they won't sell any at that price. I can tell you that the 7" Asus Eee Pad Memo with similar pen as the Flyer will probably be half that amount at £300, based on the good price of their bigger 10" Transformer. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is also selling for £300, also half this price. C'mon HTC don't follow Motorola's crazy pricing.
  • They think that enough companies start pricing them high, so there are no or few low-priced alternatives, that people will just buy them at the higher prices. They are wrong. This makes me want to bash my head into a brick wall over and over again. Get your act together people.
  • I was so looking forward to buying the flyer. Then you had to tell me how much it cost. Well now I'm back to xoom or asus transformer
  • I'm sorry to rehash, but can I say this again?
    ARE ANY MANUFACTURER EXEC'S PAYING ATTENTION TO THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE? All of these people who follow and buy YOUR products are saying NO to $800+. $800+ WILL GET US A HIGH POWERED LAPTOP. Can you run Photoshop? Can you edit Video? Can you play DX9 level game graphics? WHY DO YOU THINK WE ARE GOING TO BITE ON THIS? The Galaxy Tab sales numbers should have taught you better. Originally priced at $750.99, the Tab is now $450.00 because NOONE is willing to drop down that kind of money. What a greedy waste of technological and consumer buying progress... Not when we can get an iPad, NEW for $425.00 online.
  • Damn, I thought it would be like 499€ max. Tho will never buy tablet.
  • HTC has lost its God damned mind!
  • Why would you even buy a single core tablet? I thought HTC would scrap the current Flyer and delay the release so they could make it a dual core tab. Especially when you have Moto Xoom, Acer and Asus dual cores almost $20-100(or GBP pounds less?). You also have Toshiba releasing a HC 3.0 tablet rumored to be around $499 at Bestbuy.
  • I really like the pen and this size of tablet, but it has to be utterly fantastic, gold plated and uniquely useful to justify £600. In the UK the Asus EeePad Transformer costs £430 (with the keyboard). Sorry HTC - no way!
  • The Flyer was one of the first tablets that seemed to have practical use. It was something more than an oversized smartphone with the Scribe features. At anything above £449 it's practically DOA. I am an absolute fan of the concept and was looking forward to pre-ordering. But this price point is simply ridiculous. This actually borders on insulting. The device does not have near the hardware specs to justify such a cost. I am holding out hope that this is in error and an adjustment will be made.
  • Just way too expensive 8.9 Sammy here I come