Amazon Squashes $99 Kindle Fire HD Rumor

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JohnJSal

"We suppose if you're into conspiracy theories or reading way in between the lines, you could hold out hope based on Amazon qualifying its statement with "that hardware," meaning a $99 Kindle Fire HD might not be happening, but perhaps a different tablet might hit that price point."

Perhaps so, but that wasn't what they were responding to, was it? According to your article, the cited source claimed that

"the new Kindle Fire HD will sport a TI processor and boast a 1280x800 resolution, same as the current Kindle Fire HD."

and Amazon addressed that issue. They didn't need to answer a question that wasn't asked.

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Paul_Lilly

To clarify, TechCrunch claimed Amazon was coming out with a $99 Kindle Fire HD with a TI processor and 1280x800 resolution. The Verge followed up on the rumor and asked an Amazon spokesman if his company was planning to launch a $99 model, to which he responded, "It's not happening. We are already at the lowest price points possible for that hardware."

If you want to read too far in between the lines, you could say Amazon left the door open for a $99 tablet, just not one based on the Kindle Fire HD's hardware. A Kindle Fire Light, perhaps.

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mavvv

Additionally, they've already reported that they sold Kindle Fire HD at a loss when it was $200, with apps and premium services making up for this. To go half of that price, that would be outrageous.

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Mikey109105

No, of course not, because to pay anything less than 100 dollars for any sort of tablet related release would be a dream come true to consumers/ Why make consumers happy? They'll keep the prices as expensive as possible and claim they can't lower their prices any. I'm not even going to mention the name of another company that DRASTICALLY overprices their products, but it does start with the letter A.

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Renegade Knight

Lately I've been surprised.

iPads aren't overpriced relative to the high end androids, but you won't find sales the same way you do with Android.

The Mac Mini is starting to look reasonable when compared to some recent Windows Mini's cropping up.

However I have no doubt a MB Pro is still expensive relative to a well equipped Thinkpad or other high end windows laptop.

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vrmlbasic

No other known laptop has a screen comparable to a MB Pro Retina so I would contend that it shouldn't be so callously compared in price to its PC contemporaries.

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gamewizard

Uh I can get a WORKSTATION class laptop for the price of the MB Pro , while the screen will not be as high resolution it would out pace the MB Pro in every other metric. Yes I said workstation class, which is not a label given out lightly by PC manufactures.

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Xenite

$159 for the Kindle HD is a great deal. These aren't consoles and they aren't going to sell them for a loss. Amazon still has the best tablet prices to be had.

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vrmlbasic

Why not? The Kindle drives its users to use the Amazon marketplace and it's just about as gimped without the annual Amazon Prime subscription as the Xbox 360 is without an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

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Lednaara

Meh not really. Most popular apps are available already through Amazon's App Store including many video apps such as Netflix and Hulu. So you have choices other than Prime. You can side load apps too. The only major thing you can't do is customize their fork of Android. And there are ways around even that.

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vrmlbasic

Sigh. "Some men you just cain't [sic] reach."

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Lednaara

Well you are the one that said it was gimped. How is it gimped? You are the one that said it needs Prime. I merely pointed out it doesn't. There are other choices available to it. Yes it does help drive business to Amazon's store. But how is that different than any other tablet? Other Android tablets drive business to the Google Play store. The iPad definitely forces users to Apple's store. But at least the Kindle, like other Android tablets, can side load apps, which the iPad can't without being jailbroken. So I'll ask again, how is the Kindle Fire gimped exactly?

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rwwllms

I just recently bought a refurbished Kindle Fire (1st generation non-HD) for $65 from Best Buy.

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Paul_Lilly

That's a smoking deal, congrats on the find!

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