Amazon offers installment plan to pay off purchases of its new top-shelf slates
Perhaps with that survey in mind, Amazon is offering a new payment plan for those who are interested in buying one of the two newest Kindle Fire models. Pay 25% of the cost of the tablet now, with the balance to be paid off over three 90 day periods. The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a 7 inch slate that is priced at $229, while the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (with an 8.9 inch screen, natch) is priced at $379.
The HDX line comes with the Mayday button that let's you speak with a customer service rep via a dedicated video chat. Amazon has been pushing this service in its holiday period television ads. In addition, the HDX series allows users to download television shows and movies from Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service. During a recent DisplayMate showdown, the panel on the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 beat out the screens on the Apple iPad Air and Nexus 10.
Amazon has gone after the Apple iPad Air with its recent ads, explaining that the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has 1 million more pixels than the iPad Air, weighs 20% less, and is priced lower than Apple's new flagship slate. You can check out one of the ads by clicking on the video below.