According to HTC’s online communications manager Jeff Gordon, there will be one less face in the U.S. tablet game. The company has decided to pull their tablet lineup from the States and says “it was a great learning experience.” While Gordon didn’t say it specifically, I don’t think it’s a far stretch to interpret that as “we got our butts kicked” by companies like Apple, Amazon, and ASUS. Gordon also stated that they are watching the tablet market very closely and will re-enter if they feel they have a product that can compete.
We can’t say we’re shocked, especially when they only offered tablets like the Jetstream and the Flyer, which might have looked cool on paper, but just never seemed to pile up the sales numbers like offerings from their competitors.
Update: An HTC spokesperson reached out to us to help clarify some of the statements made earlier. They had this to say:
“HTC is pleased with the results of our first foray into tablets—the HTC Flyer, EVO View 4G, and HTC Jetstream—and like any products in the mobile space that were release some time ago, our tablets have run through their planned lifecycles. We’re continuing to watch the tablet market very, very closely for the right opportunity to re-enter in a way in which we’re not just offering a “me too” tablet, but a product that’s compelling, differentiated, and inspiring to our customers.”
Saddened by the news?
So HTC, to date, has struggled mightily in the tablet game. In fact, they basically took the last year or so off to re-think their strategy after producing some of the more disappointing big-screened Android devices ever (Flyer and Jetstream). That time away has apparently given them enough ideas and has led to the device in the 7 pictures that just leaked on Twitter and that we have featured in this post. (more…)
Did Best Buy flip the $99 switch too early on the HTC Flyer? According to a memo that is flying out to associates now, that is most certainly the case. It appears has if the wrong SKU was entered for the device and should still be at $299 for the time being.
The question now is, “Will they honor all of those orders at $99?” No word yet, but you will want to cancel the trip you just planned to your local Best Buy.
Or at least call ahead to see if they will honor that price.
Update: Still no word on if online orders are being honored, but we know that they are definitely turning folks away at stores. Do not make the drive to your local Best Buy today.
Cheers M and J!
Get to your local Best Buy immediately. If you want an HTC Flyer for just $99, you won’t find it online, so I suggest you jump through the link below to see which of your nearby stores has any left in stock. No telling yet if other retailers like Amazon will be dropping the price as well. We’ll be on the lookout though. Firesale!
Check for stores here.
Update: We just got a memo from Best Buy stating that the $99 price drop was a huge mistake and that they will not be honoring it in stores. Do not make the trip in.
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Another big day in the world of non-Verizon Android news. The T-Mobile Galaxy SII is going to be a BEAST even without the Exynos processor, Epic 4G Touch potential owners can learn all there is to learn about the device now, and we are starting to see Honeycomb ROMs for the HTC Flyer – and yes, now we want one.
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There were a lot of confused souls when the HTC Flyer was announced for the U.S. without a stylus digital pen. The Scribe technology that came built in was one of the major selling points for this 7″ tablet, so to ask customers to purchase the pen to take advantage of it separately was a little odd. Well as of today, Best Buy is looking to push some additional units by offering up the device with a pen included at no additional charge. That’s right – the $80 pen will now be included with your Flyer for free…sort of.
The package you are seeing above has popped up on BBY’s site, only it may have been activated a little too early. You see, I was able to add it to my cart early, but the actual page for the Flyer + Pen seems to have disappeared. Feel free to try the “Buy” link below though – this is a pretty good deal.
We’re hearing from friends at Best Buy stores that their “hard” May 22 HTC Flyer launch date has been removed and if they have them in stock, can go ahead and sell them to customers. So if this 7″ Sense’d tablet is all that you’ve ever dreamed of, you may want to call your local BBY and see if they have them in stock. Chances are you can pick one up early. Oh, and we’re hearing that the stylus is definitely not included.