Non-Apple tablet sales have come in far lower than expected, causing makers to scramble to clear inventory and reduce excessive losses by way of price cuts. According to unnamed sources for DigiTimes, this coming September will see a tablet price war as companies try to out-clearance each other.
RIM, High Tech Computers, Samsung, Acer and Motorola have all seen lower-than-predicted sales of tablet shipments and some have already begun lowering future orders. HP, Asusket and others have already begun slashing prices on their units with the lowest tablet at only $370.
DigiTimes’ source predicts that there will be two rounds of price cuts with the first taking place in September. The second round will likely take place closer to the holiday season, bringing the average price of a PC tablet to around $300.
Since the iPad holds a large majority of the tablet shipping market, companies will find it even harder to fill the gap in 2012, as Apple gears up to try to leave its competition in the dust.