Google slashes price of Project Tango in half for some, opening up sales ‘more broadly’


Project Tango is still being sold on an invite-only basis, but some users are now receiving an email offering the tablet at half-price. The developers’ kit was previously being sold at a somewhat-steep $1,024, but is currently being offered to some invitees at a “Special Price” of $512. (Once again, I’d like to take this opportunity to appreciate the clever prices that Google has picked for the kit.)

If you venture over to the online Google Store, you’ll find that the tablet is currently “not available”—which is true for the time being unless you have an invite. But for those that have been invited to buy the tablet, Google is saying in today’s email that it’s “now available in the US” with and that “international availability [is] coming soon.”


Additionally, it looks like Google might just be opening availability to the public at some point soon, saying that this is the invite group’s “last chance” to buy their reserved device:


We’re opening up sales more broadly, so now is the last chance to buy the device we’ve reserved for you. And we’re offering you a special price.


It’s not clear whether or not this price is just going to be a limited time special for those who have been invited (but have yet to purchase the tablet), or if Google is planning on selling Project Tango at the lower $512 price tag when it’s available to the public. Either way, we should likely see the “opening up” of sales “more broadly” at some point in the near future.


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