Rumor goes that Amazon is releasing a new tablet, at a modest price of just 50 dollars.
The report came from the Wall Street Journal. If it holds true, Amazon is to release one of the cheapest tablets on the market and just in time for the holiday season.
Amazon’s new tablet would sport a 6-inch screen, in line with another Amazon tablet, Fire HD, albeit pricier, at 99 dollars. In an oversaturated market Amazon releasing a new tablet is somewhat difficult to grasp, particularly since the others released so far have not fared so well.
Nonetheless, the 50 dollars 6-inch new tablet could attract a whole new segment of customers looking for the less pricier alternatives. According to the report, Amazon’s 6-inch tablet would be followed by two others. These would sport either an 8-inch screen or a 10-inch screen. Currently, the widest screen on an Amazon tablet measures 8.9 inches and is to be found on the HDX tablet.
Amazon has not commented on the report as of yet. At the same time, it is unclear whether the new tablet would feature the same ad screens as the Amazon Fire HD 6, which sells at 99 dollars. If customers wish an ad-free tablet, then the Amazon Fire HD 6 sells for 114 dollars.
Recently, Apple was reported to bring a new iPad Pro to the market. The plus-sized iPad Pro is expected to be unveiled at the Apple’s event on September 9th, sporting a high-resolution display, as well as speakers designed on both sides.
However, interest in tablet devices has been dwindling lately, as the market is impaired by a lack of upgrades or innovation regarding hardware. Last year, the slate market fell by 7 percent in the second quarter according to reports from the International Data Corporation.
Amidst a market saturated with slates and increasing competition, sales have dropped for all producers. Apple’s large screen iPad Mini and iPad registered a 26 percent drop since the second quarter in 2013. Nonetheless, Apple shares the market with Samsung, both companies amassing 24.5 percent, respectively 17 percent of the market shares.
While Amazon is releasing a new tablet that would score half an inch over the iPhone 6 Plus, this new device doesn’t allow voice calls.
According to the report another tablet project was underway with Amazon, seemingly at 14-inch. The project was dropped as Amazon’s Fire phone did not sell as expected. Several other projects have been shelved, including a smart stylus and an Amazon projector.
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