HP has cut the price of the TouchPad tablet ahead of its launch in Australia.
The HP TouchPad (Credit: HP)
The company has slashed the price of the 16GB and 32GB models by $100, meaning that the devices, which were set to be priced at $599 and $699, respectively, will now cost $499 and $599. The device is set to launch on Monday 15 August.
HP said that it "continually evaluates" pricing for its products, adding that the new pricing would "help bring the HP TouchPad and webOS to a larger audience".
The price drop makes the tablet the cheapest Wi-Fi-only tablet from a name-brand manufacturer: the Wi-Fi iPad 2 16GB and 32GB versions go for $579 and $689, respectively; the Acer A500 16GB and 32GB versions set you back $579 and $678, respectively; the Toshiba Tablet 16GB version costs $579; and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 16GB and 32GB (with a keyboard dock) goes for $599 and $799, respectively.
US buyers of the TouchPad have also seen a drop in the price of the device, with the 16GB model falling to $399 from $499.