Will Amazon skip 8.9” and jump the Kindle Fire straight to 10.1”?
posted by Charlene S. / May 18, 2012, 5:05 PM
A few days ago rumors started to surface that Amazon is planning on releasing the next iteration of its Kindle Fire in time for the holidays. According to sources, the screen real estate is expected to increase to 8.9” to better compete with Apple’s iPad.
A new rumor has surfaced today suggesting that Amazon may abandon plans for an 8.9” Kindle Fire altogether in favor of a 10.1” model. Now we have to point out that the original speculation was sourced by Reuters, while this latest claim comes courtesy of DigiTimes, and let’s be honest, not all sources are created equal.
Nonetheless, contrary to Reuters’ report, DigiTimes’ sources claim that the 8.9” model was actually purported to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note tablets and the 10.1” model was decided on to go up against the iPad. They also said that this supersized Kindle Fire would likely be launched in Q3.
It sounds like a believable strategy, but driving the price up too high would definitely be a caveat for Amazon. As always, we will have to wait and see.
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Only and I mean ONLY if they can keep the price range about 299. If they try to make the same mistake HTC, Samsung, and Motorola in general have been making countless times and matching the price of the iPad, this device will fail.
posted on May 18, 2012, 5:19 PM 3
Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011
Honestly, I think amazon realizes this. As they have seen with the original fire. HTC's devices are great, if they wouldn't have just marketed them to the stupid carriers with data plans and outrageously expensive prices. They were more worried about profits than moving product, and we see where that got them. Margins aren't everything if you can't move product. Unfourtunately, HTC still hasn't seem to learn their lesson.
posted on May 18, 2012, 6:25 PM 0
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Real mistake wasn't the fact that they were all priced near the ipad but the fact that they were using inadequate tegra2 to drive these so called multimedia devices As long as they produce quality tablets like Asus Transformer Prime or Galaxy Tab 7.7, i couldn't careless how much they cost As for competing against the Note, it looks like the upgrade on the Note is quite substantial on top of the fact that it uses wacom digitizer layer
posted on May 18, 2012, 7:19 PM 0
Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011
I agree, but I disagree. If they release it, hopefully with a damn FRONT-FACING CAMERA (!!!!!), they should keep the price low, but reasonable enough to make a profit. The original Fire is great, but the wifi-connectivity is still spotty, the UI grows old on you fast, and it doesn't have any video-call capabilities to make it really stand out. I would love to see at least a 1.3MP on the next generation to make me get one, or I'll sell mine and upgrade to an Acer 510 Olympic Edition. If they can do that for about 350, I'm sold. 299 is always a good price though.
posted on May 18, 2012, 5:47 PM 0
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