HTC, Sony Launch Tablets In Bid To Take A Bite Out Of Apple’s iPad Reign
The Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) iPad controls around 80 percent of the tablet market, which has seen just in the last month one high-profile casualty, the HP (NYSE: HPQ) TouchPad, fall in the face of competition. But that is not stopping the rush of device makers looking to launch products to gain a foothold in the game: today sees the launch of two new tablets from Sony (NYSE: SNE) and a new device from HTC, all based on Android.
The HTC tablet—initially reported as the Puccini but branded “Jetstream” in the U.S.—will be offered exclusively by AT&T (NYSE: T), which says in a release it will start to sell the devices online and in retail stores from September 4. It will be the first LTE-based tablet on offer from the operator.
It is also the first tablet from HTC to run on Google’s tablet-optimised version of Android, Honeycomb.
With a 10.1-inch HD screen, the device is on the large side, and so is the price: $699.99 with a two-year contract at either $14.99 or $25 per month, depending on how much data you want. AT&T notes that it will also offer the Jetstream with a subsidized price—a first for AT&T—when a buyer takes the $35-per-month contract option (subsidized prices have yet to be disclosed).
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