Amazon may drop a 6-inch tablet at a $50 price point this fall

Amazon may drop a 6-inch tablet at a $50 price point this fall
Amazon's tablet endeavors thus far have been considerably more fruitful than its smartphone efforts. The Kindle Fire range is renowned for strong features at a very reasonable price point, and according to The Wall Street Journal, things are about to get even cheaper. Per the WSJ's coverage, a new slate headed this fall will include a 6-inch display, and while other details are scarce for now, it'll apparently hit the market at just $50. 

The current Fire HD 6 tablet hovers at around the $100 mark, but for $50, Amazon could really swarm the market for those seeking a very basic experience. Even though the specs haven't emerged as yet, there's little question that corners will have to be cut in order to achieve the price point, and so the chances of a full-HD display or even respectable processing power seem slim-to-none.

It's probable that the device will include a low-resolution display, few perks, and a lower-end SoC to keep things ticking along. Still, we all know those people who own an iPad or a high-spec Android tab purely to play Sudoku, browse the Web or check emails, and for $50, even a bare-bones effort from Amazon should manage that and more. 

Away from entry-level fodder, Amazon could also be readying an 8-inch and 10-inch tablet, suggesting that the retail giant is still keen to push hardware despite the well-documented shortcomings of the Fire Phone

In February of 2014, the company was said to be prepping a $25 smartphone running the Firefox OS, an enterprise that was eventually put down back in May. Here's hoping the super-cheap tablet doesn't meet the same fate.

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6 Comments

1. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

If it hits $50, I'll get one, for no reason. xD

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

just a lil something for my friends this holiday..

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

At that price point, Amazon really could swarm the tablet market.

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

50 bucks for 8gb of storage that amazon fire os eats up like half of it. Have the kindle fire for kids for my 5yr old. Runs out of room so fast. The lack of micro sd slot is a big issue and decided to get him a dream tab hd 8 since they are 99 bucks in stores right now and man its nice not have to delete stuff every few days because the wifi stopped working cause the storage filled up.

5. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

I'd buy it if it comes with free Prime membership.

6. gaming64 unregistered

Just release a new Firephone.

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