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Amazon rumored to soon offer a $99 Kindle Fire HD tablet with 7 inch screen

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Amazon rumored to soon offer a $99 Kindle Fire HD tablet with 7 inch screen
For months, a $99 7 inch tablet has been rumored, but has never been delivered. Now, the latest speculation has Amazon ready to deliver a $99 7 inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD. The tablet would offer resolution of 1280 x 600 which improves upon the 1024 x 600 resolution on the most current 7 inch Amazon device. In addition to that tablet, Amazon produces an 8.9 inch version of the Kindle Fire with a 1280 x 600 panel. Using the same resolution on a smaller screen should improve the pixel density on the rumored model. The tablet is expected to be powered by a TI OMAP processor

The Amazon Kindle Fire 2 introduced by Jeff Bezos

The Amazon Kindle Fire 2 introduced by Jeff Bezos

Earlier this month, Amazon cut the price of the Wi-Fi only Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 from $299 to $269 while the LTE version was slashed by $100 to $399. The lowest priced slate in Amazon's line up is the original Amazon Kindle Fire priced at $159 while the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 is priced at $199. For the company to deliver a $99 tablet with specs that are improved would be quite a feat for Amazon.

And perhaps delivering a 7 inch sub-$100 tablet is too much to expect, even for the company credited with starting the low -priced 7 inch Android tablet niche. The company has denied the report of a $99 tablet saying that it has already "hit the lowest price points possible for that hardware." But according to IDC Research Director Tom Mainelli, the infrastructure is in place to produce a $99 tablet.

Amazon sells its tablets for breakeven and makes its money by selling content, apps and cloud based storage to its customers. No Google apps or services are on the devices even though they run on the Android OS. 

"If they can sell the product at roughly what it costs to build, that fits their long-term vision to make money selling you content on that device. It’s entirely possible – physically possible – to create a device that costs $99, particularly at the scale that Amazon would do it."-Tom Mainelli, Research Director, IDC

source: TechCrunch via BGR

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posted on 20 Mar 2013, 15:18

1. iphone5fornow (unregistered)

No wonder lol 100 bucks lol they gonna end up giving android phones and tables for free , selling bad products left and right , mean while the real deal iPad mini $350 , haters can hate apple forever .

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 15:36 3

2. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

It's not about free phones and tablets it's more about reducing the "criminally high" profit margin.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 15:57 4

3. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

So sad that you think a $200 iPad to make should be sold at their current prices and never have been reduced in all these years.. You are exactly why apple never reduces prices, their followers pay without question, which is pathetic..

iPad, is iPhone but bigger, iWatch will be just a smaller version, iPod is simply a useless version, essentially apple sells the same device in different sizes for ridiclous prices.. and you pay and pay, over and over, the same 10 million people own the 100million iOS devies lol...

Then u rip android for trying to offer an alternative to the apple way of life... DON'T SEE TECHNOLOGY THROUGH THE LIMITED VISION OF APPLE'S EYE

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:21 1

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Very well said, I agree with you!


posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:20 1

4. iphone5fornow (unregistered)

Say whatever you want apple products are the best

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:31 2

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 5002; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

K. Apple sucks. How's life in your little bubble?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 19:50

7. imkyle (Posts: 1086; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

The resolution is going to be 1024 by 600 and to be honest, with a tablet having 720p displays already... its going to be hard.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 00:24

8. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

smart move. The nexus 7 is only $200 and it has way more functions than kindle . Yet kindles HD is priced at $270

P.S: I will never buy a kindle,even more useless than an ipad (if u have an iphone, no iphone ipad mini is actually decent).

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 09:13

9. 0bsessions (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

Not a bad price at all. Considering the only reason I've got for owning a tablet is for reading comics, getting one for only $100 might work out best.

Though, frankly, I'm hoping this just spurs Google into making a budget Nexus 7 since I'd prefer the straight Android UI to Amazon's.

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