Online retailer Amazon is launching a new 6-inch tablet in time for the holidays. But what is surprising about this release is its unbelievably low pricing – merely $50 a piece. According to CNBC, the 6-inch device will feature a mono speaker and is priced considerably lower than the company’s Fire tablet, its cheapest version costing $99.
Edgadget reports that tablets of low prices typically have low resolution screens, inadequate storage and poor battery life. Amazon’s Fire HD tablets are low-priced because of lock screen advertisements, and the company could be looking at extending this feature for its latest release.
In comparison, Apple’s standard tablet costs $499 since it launched the iPad in 2010. The cheapest variant, the iPad mini, costs $299.
Frank Gillett, a Forrester Research analyst, said, “Will people tolerate a potentially inferior experience just because a tablet is $50? Amazon has to be very careful about what they’re giving up to get to that low price point.”
While it won’t have the voice calling feature, Amazon’s latest tablet will be half an inch bigger than iPhone 6 Plus, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The company will also be launching an 8-inch and a 10-inch tablet this year.
In the past, Amazon had to shelve some of its other projects, including a projector device, a smart stylus and 14-inch tablet. The Wall Street Journal reported that the online retailer is working towards building a high-end computer for the kitchen code-named Kabinet, a tablet with a 3-D screen and an e-reader battery that will have the capability to last two-years on a single charge.
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