The Insignia Flex, which uses Google Inc.'s Android operating system, will go on sale in Best Buy stores Nov. 11, the Richfield, Minnesota-based retailer said. The tablet will have a 9.7-inch screen and cost about $250, according to the company.
Apple is expected to unveil a smaller, less expensive version of the iPad on Oct. 23, when an announcement is planned at the company's Cupertino, Calif. headquarters. The new model will be Apple's first expansion of the iPad product line since the device was introduced by co-founder Steve Jobs in 2010.
Best Buy's foray into the tablet market comes as Apple, Microsoft, Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc. try to wrest away a piece of the tablet market, which is projected by NPD DisplaySearch to more than double to $162 billion by 2017. Apple controls about 70 percent of the market.