[Updated] Cyber Monday 2013: Best tablet deals

Amazon has cut the price on the Kindle Fire HDX 7" by $50. Don't expect much in the way of iPad specials, but some Black Friday sale prices are carrying over past the weekend.
Written by Sean Portnoy, Contributor

[UPDATE 2] Walmart is now selling the iPad 2 with Ematic accessory/bluetooth speaker kit for $389, while eBay has the latest Nexus 7 with 32GB for $229.99 instead of $269 (sold through Adorama). While the $249.99 LG G Pad 8.3 has sold out at Newegg, the retailer has a white model for $279.99, as well as a Lenovo Yoga 10 Android tablet for $259.99. Amazon has yet to sell out of the Fire HDX 7" yet, but Microsoft is out of the Surface Pro.  

[UPDATE] Since this post was published last night, Amazon has announced that it is taking $50 off the price of the Fire HDX 7" (now $179 for the 16GB, $219 for the 32GB, and $259 for the 64GB). (It also slashed $50 from the 16GB Kindle HD 7" price, but that deal has sold out.) Target and MacMall are offering a mild discount on the iPad Air ($20 off the 16GB version, with MacMall providing small price cuts on other capacities), Newegg has the LG G Pad 8.3 Android tablet for $249.99, and TigerDirect has the 10.1-inch Acer W510 Windows 8 slate for $299.99 and the Lenovo Miix 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet with keyboard and folio case for $399.99 (though that price includes $50 mail-in rebate).

The hysteria of Black Friday is past us now, which means the orgy of Cyber Monday is fast approaching. As you probably know already, tablets will be a particularly hot seller this holiday season, so let's take a look at how online retailers will be discounting them for one of their biggest days of the year.

Unfortunately, some of the Black Friday deals that involved Apple's iPad tablets don't look like they will be available online for Cyber Monday. Right now, Target doesn't have any iPads available on its website, and Best Buy doesn't list any as part of its "cyber week deals." Walmart does have an iPad sale going, but it's for older models -- you can grab a 32GB iPad with Retina display (or iPad 3) with an Ematic accessory/bluetooth speaker kit for $449, or you can get a 32GB iPad 4 for $549 instead of $599. It's possible that Target's specials (offering a store gift card with the purchase at regular price) will become available online at some point by Monday, but we're not promising anything here.

Right now, Amazon hasn't announced whether it will drop prices on its Kindle Fire tablets, but with the online retailing giant offering new deals every 10 minutes on Cyber Monday, a deal is certainly possible. Staples is continuing the store gift card trend, however, providing a $25 one with the purchase of a 7-inch Fire HD ($169) or 7-inch Fire HDX ($229).  

You'll have a little more luck with some Windows 8 tablets, as Dell will offer deals on its Venue Pro slates. The Venue Pro 8, which includes an Intel Atom Z3740D quad-core processor and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, will feature the same special as for Black Friday: its regular $299.99 price, but with a free folio case and a year of accidental damage service included. In comparison, OfficeMax is selling it for $269.99, but without the extras. Meanwhile, the 64GB Venue Pro 11 also bundles a year of accidental damage service, and though Dell is acting like it's slashing $49 off the price, it's currently selling that model for the same $499.99 price.

Office Depot is advertising $50 off the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Windows 8 "convertible" tablet with 64GB and 10.1-inch screen. Unfortunately, its $649 price tag is far higher than the current price on Amazon ($508.63) and through Microsoft's store ($499). Speaking of Microsoft's online deals, its Black Friday special on the first-generation Surface Pro tablet is still available: the 64GB version is $649 (previously $799) and the 128GB model is $749 (previously $899).

That leaves Android. There are plenty of third-tier dirt-cheap Android tablets available, but we won't deal with them here -- you'll most likely get what you pay for. Even removing them from the equation, there are a massive amount of Android slates on sale for Cyber Monday. That includes Google's own Nexus 7, which Staples is discounting to $199 for 16GB or $239 for 32GB, or $30 less than what Google is selling it for directly. Office Depot is trying to sell off the previous generation of Nexus 7 models, listing the 16GB version for $179.91 and the 32GB configuration with $199.91. With a better processor and higher-res screen, the new Nexus is worth the extra cash.

For a dirt-cheap Android tablet from a brand-name manufacturer, OfficeMax has the Lenovo Ideatab A1000L for $89.99, a mere $10 less than its regular price. Walmart continues to sell the HP 7 "Mesquite" tablet with Intel Atom Z2460 processor and 8GB of storage for $89. Office Depot is selling the HP Slate 7 for $139.99, though HP sells the Slate 7 Plus with Nvidia Tegra 3 processor instead of an ARM A9 CPU for just $10 more on its own site. (And that "special" price Office Depot is hyping has been around since the summer.) Also for $139.99, Office Depot is offering the 16GB Asus MeMO Pad HD 7, which is currently out of stock through Newegg and Amazon but is $10 more at Walmart. Dell has its own 7-inch Android tablet, the Venue 7 with Intel Atom Z2560 processor and 16GB of storage, for $149.99. 

Samsung is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, Android tablet seller, which may be why it's been able to keep an iron grip on its Galaxy prices across various retailers during Black Friday. It looks like Cyber Monday will be more of the same, with the 16GB Galaxy Tab 7, 8, and 10.1 costing $159.99, $249.99, and $299.99, respectively, on many sites and the 16GB Galaxy Note 8 and 10 priced at $349.99 and $399.99. (That includes Samsung's own site.) One exception: Best Buy has the black version of the Tab 7 for $149.99 instead of $159.99. Oddly, however, OfficeMax is calling out Cyber Monday "deals" for the Galaxy Tab 3 versions that are $20, $50, or $60 more than the sale prices elsewhere.

Finally, Sony is joining the Cyber Monday parade with deals on its Xperia Tablet Z 10.1-inch Android slates. Three versions of the tablet are seeing their prices slashed by $50: the 16GB Wi-Fi version (now $449.99), the 32GB Wi-Fi version (now $549.99), and the 16GB unlocked 4G LTE flavor ($579.99). The special kitchen edition, which includes a water-resistant 32GB Xperia Tablet Z,  iGrill wireless digital thermometer, and foldable stand has received a $100 price reduction to $549.99. Note, however, that Best Buy matches these prices, and Amazon offers the base 16GB Xperia Tablet Z for $436.99 and the kitchen edition for the same $549.99 price. 

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