It seems that tablet makers have finally realised that they can’t compete with Apple by offering a similar keyboardless netbook for the same price.
Fusion Garage has slashed the price of its Grid10 tablet, after pushing back the delivery date.
The Grid 10 was originally to cost $499 in the US and be ready to ship by the end of this week. However according to PC Pro, CEO Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan has decided to delay the launch until 24 October. This will allow the outfit to release the tablet at a much more competitive $299.
We assume that means that it will be coming out with cheaper components.
In Blighty that means that the 16GB Wi-Fi only version will cost £259 (inc VAT), while the 3G edition will be priced at £359.
Apparently what has caused Fusion Garage to change its mind was seeing how HP’s TouchPad sold out after a massive discount.
Rathakrishnan said that there has been really no innovation since Apple released its iPad and everything has been a carbon copy of the Apple devices.
He said that if you are trying to copy and you’re a poor carbon copy, you’re not going to succeed. That and the fact that prices of tablets has been far too high.
The way the tablet market is at the moment it is like going to China and buying a fake Louis Vuitton bag, at the same price as the real Louis Vuitton bags, he said.
We have been saying this for ages and have not been surprised that Android Tablets had not taken off as much as the hardware makers claimed they would. £259 seems to us to be about right.