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Amazon Kindle Fire to be a $199 7-incher, no 3G or microphone, but tightly knit to the Amazon ecosystem

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Amazon Kindle Fire to be a $199 7-incher, no 3G or microphone, but tightly knit to the Amazon ecosystem
The long-awaited Amazon Kindle Fire will fulfill the dreams to launch close to that coveted $200 price point, as it will launch for $199. The 7" IPS-LCD Android tablet with 1024x600 pixels display that analysts have been predicting has the first real chance to slow down Apple's iPad dominance, will be tightly integrated in the Amazon ecosystem, so the giant online retailer can recoup the lack of markup on the hardware.

Amazon Kindle Fire to be a $199 7-incher, no 3G or microphone, but tightly knit to the Amazon ecosystem
Actually we are not that sure there's much to recoup, since the 14.6 ounces Amazon Kindle Fire sounds pretty plain as it is - a dual-core TI OMAP4 processor and Gorilla Glass, but no camera or microphone to speak of, and no 3G connection, just Wi-Fi, plus 8GB of memory, so it won't be an exact replacement for more expensive Android tablets if the modding community manages to install stock Honeycomb on it.

We say stock, since the Kindle Fire will come with Amazon's own eye-candy overlay on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with one-click access to Amazon's vast universe of books, movies, music and other assorted entertainment, as well as to its shopping experience. The browser experience is called Amazon Silk and it acts like Skyfire or Opera by leaving rendering to Amazon's servers and delivering you content via dedicated channels, which allegedly speads things up. 

There is a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime preinstalled, which includes free movie streaming and two-day shipping for $79 a year. Rumor has it that you can also side-load Android apps, circumventing Amazon's curated Appstore.

Given the latest research out today that tablet owners are those impulsive buyers every retailer is dreaming about, the Kindle Fire might just have its work cut out for it. In Amazon's Jeff Bezos own words:

What we are doing is offering premium products at non-premium prices. (Other tablets) have not been competitive on price and have just sold a piece of hardware. We don’t think of the Kindle Fire as a tablet. We think of it as a service.

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posted on 28 Sep 2011, 09:27

1. bobberslob (unregistered)


It'll sell well since it's a Kindle product.. and Amazon is kind of like Apple jr. lol

It will also definitely drive the price down on the Nook Color.. if it turns out that the feel and use is similar.

I am curious to see the hands-on reports. I'm expecting to see it be very similar to the Nook Color. I was hoping for a little more something that would differentiate it.

Hopefully it's mod community friendly!!

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 10:14

2. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

I hope this thing can be rooted quickly, this looks amazing. Basically the same hardware as the touchpad except android!

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 10:32

3. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)


It needs a mic and a front facing camera and at least 720p.

1080p should be the standard; maybe they'll get it right next year.

Can't deny the price-point $200.00.

I'd like to see someone hack the Kindle Touch 3G and get unlimited tethered global 3G for a one time $150.00 Now that would be cheap-ass innovation for cheap-asses.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 20:08

6. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1639; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Are you serious? Do people seriously not realize that not even tablets that cost $500 have 720p or 1080p screens? SO WHY DO YOU EXPECT SOMETHING THAT COSTS $200 TO HAVE ONE?!?!

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 12:09

4. loosegoose (unregistered)

Dual core, Gorilla glass, Android tablet for $200

8gb of memory isnt too bad. especially if you're keeping stuff on the cloud

I'm sure the devs will get right to rooting this since its going to sell more than the other offerings

The design isn't bad either. I like the way the bb playbook is designed and if its anything like that then this seems like a winner... for the pockets as well

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 12:37

5. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

it'll sell. even i'll check it out.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 12:18

7. SF Steven (unregistered)

wait, I thought everything said that this would be running a customized version of Froyo (2.1)...?

Where does it specify that they've skinned Gingerbread?

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