Here come the Tablet price cuts

2012's barely begun and the price of tablets is already plummeting. RIM's ongoing woes mean that its BlackBerry PlayBook is cheaper than ever at just £169 for the entry-level 16GB model, although be careful - that price is only in certain shops, such as Dixons, and other retailers are still charging significantly more.

Dixons is also cutting the price of other tablets. Archos Arnova 7s, 8s and 9s are down to £119.99, £149.99 and £199.99 respectively with another 10% chopped off at the checkout, while even Sony tablets are down in price from the original £399 to £349 for the Sony Tablet S.

Dixons isn't the only retailer offering aggressive discounts. Carphone Warehouse has chopped £160 off the Motorola Xoom, bringing it down to £319 for the Wi-Fi version, and the 3G version is down £200 from £579.99 to £379.99. Asus's Eee Pad Transformer has dropped from £429.99 to £329.99 for the keyboard model, while HTC's Flyer is down from £479.99 to £289.99.

The reason for the discounts is no great secret: Dixons and Carphone Warehouse are trying to shift unsold stock. Apple isn't discounting because its iPads are still flying off the shelves, but other firms are finding it difficult to shift their rival devices - especially when in many cases, those devices started off more expensive than the iPad. We can't help thinking that if the firms had priced more aggressively to start off with, they wouldn't be facing mountains of unsold tablets now.

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