Apple may not like the implications for its margins, but smaller, cheaper tablets are on the rise. Stephen Baker of the NPD Group writes that his company’s research has found that sales of tablets that measure in at under 9 inches have grown by a whopping 550% so far this year while sales of tablets that are more than 9 inches have actually fallen by 36% over the same period. One of the most interesting things to watch over the next few months will be how well Apple’s Retina-equipped iPad mini is selling now that it has a $400 price point even though the iPad Air is priced at just $100 higher. The original iPad mini was a hit at $329 last year and while Apple is still selling the year-old device for $300 it remains to be seen how well it still competes with cheaper tablets with higher display resolutions such as Google’s newest Nexus 7.
Jeff Bezos is officially done messing around in the tablet wars. Amazon announced on Wednesday that it’s releasing two new tablets this fall, the Kindle Fire HDX and a new Kindle Fire HD that will sell starting at just $139. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, of course, since BGR exclusively revealed just about everything there was to know about these new tablets in a series of reports. The Kindle Fire HDX, which will be the company’s new flagship tablet, will come in 7-inch and 8.9-inch models and will feature a quad-core Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz processor, a display that with a resolution of 339 pixels per inch for the 8.9-inch model and 323 pixels per inch for the 7-inch model, and up to 11 hours of battery life for mixed use. The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX will start shipping on October 18th and will cost $229 while the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX will start shipping on November 7th and will cost $379. More →
There really isn’t much mystery remaining as Amazon prepares to unveil its second-generation Kindle Fire HD tablets and its third-generation Kindle Fire slate in the coming weeks. First we published exclusive details about Amazon’s entire 2013 tablet lineup and then we followed up by revealing all of the key specs for the upcoming new Kindle Fire HD tablets as well as the new entry-level Kindle Fire. Amazon’s new high-definition slates are shaping up to be two of the most impressive tablets in the world when they debut, and anticipation is certainly building. Now, BGR has obtained exclusive photos of the unannounced next-generation Kindle Fire HD that Amazon is preparing to unveil as soon as later this month, giving the world its first-ever look at Amazon’s new hardware for 2013. More →
Last February, Amazon had 28 million unique viewers for its video content, far behind Yahoo’s 43 million unique viewers. But according to fresh comScore numbers, Amazon had vaulted to nearly 38 million uniques by July, while Yahoo had dropped to 42 million. The video distribution landscape is now changing at an amazing clip. What is even more jaw-dropping than Amazon’s unique viewer growth is the number of minutes spent by an average viewer; it doubled from 13 minutes to 26 minutes in just six months. Yahoo’s average viewing time also grew substantially, from 53 minutes to 77 minutes. More →
We already know everything there is to know about Amazon’s next-generation Kindle Fire HD tablets. BGR exclusively detailed both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch models early last month and then exclusively published both devices’ full specs in a subsequent report. Now that the tablets are nearing launch however, benchmark test results from the 8.9-inch model have leaked for the first time. Nothing new can be gleaned from the test results, but they do support several of the key specs we’ve already covered: a 2,560 x 1,600-pixel display, Adreno 330 graphics (from the Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processor), a clockspeed in excess of 2GHz and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets are expected to be unveiled as soon as next month, and an image showing the benchmark test results follows below. More →
Amazon is preparing to launch brand new Kindle Fire HD tablets in the coming months and BGR has detailed them fully in a pair of exclusive reports. The second-generation Kindle Fire HD models will feature an all-new exterior design, as well as a complete internal overhaul with cutting-edge specs that outclass every comparable tablet on the market today. With the new slates’ fall launch approaching, Amazon has slashed the base price of the current-generation Kindle Fire HD to just $159 in a likely move to clear inventory. The new price is in line with Amazon’s entry-level Kindle Fire, and the company noted that it will only be available for a limited time.
Amazon’s first-generation Kindle Fire was absolutely not an iPad killer, and that’s exactly why it was so successful. The online retail giant sought not to compete with Apple’s juggernaut but rather to open a new door, one that would focus on a more compact design and far more affordable pricing. At $499, the iPad was a tremendous value. At $199, the Kindle Fire was a steal. But the Kindle Fire was just the beginning and affordability alone would only take Amazon so far. The company’s current Kindle Fire HD models were the result of that realization, though they were merely the tip of the iceberg. With its next-generation Kindle Fire HD tablets that are set to debut this fall, Amazon is taking things to a completely different level — and its rivals should be worried. More →
Amazon is planning a complete overhaul of its Kindle Fire tablet lineup for 2013 and BGR has learned exclusive details about the forthcoming devices. As the first company to put a significant dent in Apple’s tablet market share following the iPad’s debut, expectations are always high when Amazon prepares to launch new hardware. Kindle slates are still the second most desired tablet series behind Apple’s iPad lineup according to one study, and while Samsung passed Amazon last year to steal the No.2 spot in terms of global tablet shipment volume, Samsung is stumbling right now and its new tablets are anything but impressive. As Amazon’s top bookselling rival backs away from tablet hardware and clears some extra space for Amazon to thrive, CEO Jeff Bezos and his team will look to push ahead with brand new devices set to debut in the coming months. More →
Amazon brings the Kindle Fire HD to more than 170 countries, expands Appstore to nearly 200 countries
Amazon on Thursday announced expanded availability of its Kindle Fire HD tablet lineup. Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch models are now available for preorder in more than 170 countries worldwide. The Kindle Fire HD is equipped with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display and a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP4460 processor, while the 8.9-inch model features a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution display and a 1.5GHz dual-core OMAP4470 processor. The Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 are available for $199 and $269, respectively, and will ship to new countries beginning June 13th. Amazon also announced that it has expanded access to its Android Appstore, which can now be used by customers in nearly 200 countries worldwide.
Recent reports suggest that Amazon (AMZN) may be the first major vendor to offer a $99 tablet. According to a report from TechCrunch, the company is preparing to offer a Kindle Fire HD tablet equipped with a TI OMAP processor and a 7-inch display with a 1280 × 600 pixel resolution. The report follows Amazon’s announcement earlier this month that it was dropping the prices of its 8.9-inch model in the U.S. The Wi-Fi-only version of the Kindle Fire HD dropped from $299 to $269, while the LTE version was reduced by $100 and is now offered for $399. Amazon’s current 7-inch Kindle Fire costs $199, while an older version can be had for $159. An Amazon spokesperson denied the report, claiming the company is already hitting the “lowest price points possible for that hardware.”
Amazon (AMZN) on Wednesday expanded availability of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan, while also announcing a price cut for both the Wi-Fi and 4G LTE versions of the slate in the United States. The Wi-Fi only version will be available for $269, down from $299 at launch, while the 4G LTE version will see a price drop of $100 to $399. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is equipped with an 8.9-inch 1920 × 1200 pixel resolution display, 1GB of RAM and a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor. Amazon’s press release follows below. More →
At first glance, creating an advertisement that shows off how good your rival’s tablet display looks doesn’t seem like a smart move. But Amazon’s (AMZN) latest ad for its Kindle Fire HD tablet is actually pretty clever: it first sets its own tablet’s HD display up side-by-side with the Retina-equipped iPad and shows that the two are comparable, though in reality the iPad has a slightly stronger display with a resolution of 264 pixels per inch compared to 254 pixels per inch for the Kindle Fire HD. But then at the end of the ad, Amazon notes that the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD costs a full $200 less than the Retina-equipped iPad, thus supposedly making it a vastly better deal. A full video of Amazon’s new ad is posted below. More →
Amazon’s (AMZN) first Kindle Fire took the holidays by storm last year. Following a white-hot debut, Amazon’s slate had reportedly taken 14% of the global tablet market in the fourth quarter of 2011 despite being available for only six weeks in the quarter. This holiday season was a different story though, as new entry-level tablets from Google (GOOG), Barnes & Noble (BKS) and Apple (AAPL) gave consumers a number of attractive options they didn’t have last year. More →