Rumor: Amazon Working on $99 Kindle Fire HD 7-inch [Updated]

Kindle Fire HDTalk about getting bang for your buck. Amazon is reportedly working on a new version of its 7-inch Kindle Fire HD that will sell for just $99. The new tablet, TechCrunch reports, will still sport the same TI OMAP processor found in the current 7-inch Fire HD and will come with a similar 1280 x 800 resolution display.

The current-generation Kindle Fire HD, which is priced at $149, already undercuts $199 Google’s Nexus 7 and Barnes & Noble’s $199 Nook HD by $50. Dropping the price of the Fire HD would easily put it in the neighborhood of tablets from the likes of Coby and Velocity Micro, not to mention Amazon’s own $199 Kindle Paperwhite.

Update: Amazon has confirmed that it is not working on a $99 Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, as the company says it already offers the lowest price possible for the hardware.

How could Amazon offer such a low-cost tablet? Easy, Amazon doesn’t sell tablets with the purpose of making cash off of the hardware. Instead, the company makes its money through purchases consumers make using their tablets.

It wouldn’t be completely out of the ordinary for Amazon to sell a $99 7-inch Fire HD. The company has already dropped the price of its original 7-inch HD from $199 to $159. More recently, Amazon has cut the price of its decidedly less popular Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch from $299 to $269.

via: TechCrunch 


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A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining Laptopmag.com. He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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  1. Jay Says:

    Uh, can there be any more errors in this post?

  2. Lance Sun Says:

    Even if a $99 Kindle is released, one key issue is the Kindle is a closed system and you can’t access Android – only use Kindle’s Proprietary System and this is a huge disadvantage to a lot of users –

    I recently purchased a Novo 7 Venus Android tablet for $149 through a site called TabletSprint — and this tablet rivals the Nexus 7 for a lot less — with most of the same features, including a Quad Core processor and a hi-res 1280×800 IPS screen display — Plus a microSD card slot, HDMI, and Front and Rear Cameras, all of which the Nexus 7 doesn’t feature…

    Perhaps if the Kindle tablets gets better specs like the Venus tablet as well in the future allows more of an open access for those whom want it – For now, it’s really limited in what you can do with a Kindle tablet and what you do have access to.

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