03/01/2011, 05:36 PM
We have no clue what the TP will be priced at.
For all we know, it could be $199 just as much as it could be $799.
Speculation, at this point, would be really pointless, because we don't know what HP is willing to do to get into the Pad market, significantly.
Having said the above, with all of the momentum of the faithful Apple consumers driving this bus right now, if the iPad 2 is $399 or lower (if the iPad2 does live up to the pre-announcement hype and performs well, thereafter), it could, indeed, be "game over" for all new entrants, or at least a very steep uphill climb to achieve any significant market share.
If I were HP, and I wanted to get the TP into this market badly, I'd underprice my first 500,000 units to some ridiculously low introductory price (like $150 or thereabouts), and then sell the rest at their "normal" price after those are gone, which would be at what I had originally projected.