In fact, Apple is employing its own technological strategy by blurring the lines between tablets and laptops for business users. The tablet is reportedly only priced at $50 according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
To reach the $50 price tag, Amazon will add a mono speaker and lower resolution display to the 6-inch tablet. It could have been $50, but Amazon just couldn’t drop the retail price because the e-reader screen tech vendors wouldn’t settle for a bargain. But analysts opined that the price-conscious dedicated customers of the hugely popular Kindle eReader would not accept the inferior reading experience, just because it is cheap.
Amazon also offers the 7-inch Fire HD 7, starting at $139 for the 8GB model with screen-saver ads.
Amazon has not commented on the report as of yet.
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 GeekWire, Amazon has now sold out of its entire stock of Fire phones-and judging by the recent job cuts, the failed device is probably not making a comeback.
How is it possible that a simpler e-ink device would sell higher than a regular colored tablet?
It is but evident that Amazon didn’t taste success with its tablet lineup, unlike its Kindle readers which literally disrupted the market. Creating a tablet with a cheap LCD, though, means Amazon could make something which costs even less than the cheapest Kindle. Compal had previously worked with Apple and Hewlett-Packard.
The paper also said Amazon is prepping new 8- and 10-inch slates.
“The $50 6″ tablet will be part of a larger line-up including 8″ and 10” members, but there’s no word on the specs of prices of those. As the company has demonstrated in the past, it has no qualms with razor-thin margins on its hardware as it hopes to make most of its money by selling software and media.