Report: iPad Competitors Facing Price War to Move Tablets

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Tablet makers competing with Apple’s iPad are being forced to cut prices in an effort to move their devices, according to Taiwan-based DigiTimes. Citing unnamed industry sources, the newspaper reported that sales of competing tablets have been so slow that manufacturers may start a price war in an effort to reduce their losses and move existing inventory off of store shelves.

Apple, which has routinely reported to investors and analysts that it sells every iPad it can make, reported sales of iPad and iPad 2 at 9.25 million units during the June quarter. According to DigiTimes, Asustek is the top performing iPad-competitor, and of the 700,000 Android tablets it made from May until July, the company only managed to sell 500,000 of the devices.

The article’s unnamed sources said that Research In Motion (RIM) and HTC are “placing their hopes in 2012.” They also said that even though Motorola Mobility (bought by Google on Monday), HP, Asustek, and Acer have already had one round of price reductions, they expect at least two more waves of price cuts after the end of the September ushers in the holiday buying season.

Some tablets could be offered for as little as $300, which would represent a significant loss for the manufacturers, but some money is better than piles of devices that eventually get chopped up and sold to recyclers.

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12 Comments Leave Your Own

FlipFriddle

Yikes. Sounds like everyone is throwing in the towel already. I guess that’s what happens when your startegy is “Me Too!” instead of a careful measured approach to make something people want and that you can make a profit with. Serves them right I guess.

RonMacGuy

It also demonstrates that people are less inclined to trust companies when they say, “trust us, 4G capability will be available shortly and we’ll upgrade you for free,” and “trust us, the next version of android will be designed for tablets and will be awesome right from the start.”

sflocal

I think most Android users are not that technically inclined (A requirement to use Android) in order to know what capabilities it has and the false-promises made my manufacturers.

I think the regular consumer that does actually buy one will try it for a couple days, realize the junk it truly is, get frustrated with things that don’t work right, and return it.

Android and their partners have no one to blame but themselves.  Shame on them for putting out so much garbage into the market.  It may have worked in the 90’s during the cheap-PC boom, but thankfully Apple stepped in and showed everyone what quality actually is.

furbies

And cue Bosco…............

geoduck

Interesting bit of news. according to this story on Mac|Life Best Buy has only been able to sell less than 10% of the HP TouchPads and now wants to return them to HP.

RonMacGuy

Best Buy has only been able to sell less than 10% of the HP TouchPads and now wants to return them to HP.

Wow, great article geoduck.  Thanks for the link.

This reminds me of one of my most favorite quotes from you-know-who from January 31, 2011 10:54 PM:  “The fun part is that we’ll be doing this all over again in a year for the declining and mostly irrelevant iPad, and you’ll all be explaining why that isn’t like the iPhone, which isn’t like the 1992 Mac, etc.”

To make Bryan happy, I will refrain from any judgement, insults, or name-calling.  I will simply let the quote speak for itself.  Is this Ron being nice enough for you, Bryan?

grin

geoduck

?The fun part is that we?ll be doing this all over again in a year for the declining and mostly irrelevant iPad, and you?ll all be explaining why that isn?t like the iPhone, which isn?t like the 1992 Mac, etc.?

I remember when this was posted and I remember thinking WTF. The iPhone was selling well, the iPad was selling well, and most of all 1992 had some great systems. You could still get a IIci. The first PowerBooks came out. The first Quadras came out. All in all it wasn’t a bad year for Apple hardware.

Bryan Chaffin

To make Bryan happy, I will refrain from any judgement, insults, or name-calling.  I will simply let the quote speak for itself.  Is this Ron being nice enough for you, Bryan?

Yes. smile

Player_16

They were told Androids do Flash.

RonMacGuy

Thanks Bryan.  But you don’t realize how incredibly difficult it is for me to refrain.  If the level of my restraint is a direct representation of my incredible respect for you, I absolutely positively respect the living daylights out of you!!

grin

Player_16, androids do flash. Well, sort of. At least, some of them do, either part of, most of, or nearly all of the time, albeit that it all depends on many factors as to how well some combinations of android versions, cell phone models, and wireless providers either pretend to or actually do do flash, for the most part, although to know the exact combination of said versions, models, and providers that sort of do flash would be difficult, if not impossible, to know for certain at any point in time, based on constant patches, upgrades, battery life, processor speed, and flash storage.

Hee hee, I said ‘doodoo’.

That was my tribute to Douglas Adams, may he rest in peace.

So long, and thanks for all the fish!!

RonMacGuy

I remember when this was posted and I remember thinking WTF. The iPhone was selling well, the iPad was selling well, and most of all 1992 had some great systems. You could still get a IIci. The first PowerBooks came out. The first Quadras came out. All in all it wasn?t a bad year for Apple hardware.

Me thinks the reference was to market share, although I still don’t see exactly why market share has much to do with anything. It’s a profit game!! Shareholder value and all that jazz!!

mhikl

Great little reminder, Ron.

New things Apple, may be coming sooooon. This company knows how to pull magic out of its sleeve. I suspect we will be delighted short time from now.

Ah huh huhhhhh (my rendition of an evil laugh).

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