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How low can tablet prices go? Apparently under a Benjamin. As tablet makers dance the low-price limbo, consumers benefit from a bevy of affordable slates to choose from, even from name brand vendors. In this case, it's Hewlett-Packard that reportedly plans to build and sell a $99 tablet at Walmart as back-to-school shoppers flood the stores preparing for another school year.
HP hasn't made an official announcement, and neither has Wally World, for that matter. However, Digitimes feels pretty confident that its "sources from the upstream supply chain" know what they're talking about. Those sources say the $99 tablet is being manufacturing by BYD, a Chinese company that has some history building tablets for HP.
The cheap tablet will be a 7-inch device powered by Intel's Medfield platform with a single-core processor. Other details are unknown at this time, though we're not expecting any groundbreaking features at this price point, at least not yet.
Perhaps in a year from now, a C-note will buy a respectable slate. As it stands, you don't have to spend much more than that to get a serviceable tablet. In fact, the original Memo Pad from Asus can be bought for less than $100 if you shop around, and the newer Memo Pad HD 7 slated to arrive next month starts at $150.