Amazon to offer $99 Kindle Fire HD [RUMOR][UPDATE]

In a tablet market where manufacturers are competing more and more on price, Amazon might have a $99 trump card up their sleeve. According to a new report, the retailer will soon offer a 7-inch Kindle Fire HD at just below $100. The tablet will sport a TI processor and 1280 x 800 display, specs not unlike those available in the current $199 model.

It could be that Amazon is simply cutting the price of the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, as they recently did with the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. That tablet’s LTE version dropped from $499 to $399, while the WiFi edition saw more modest savings. It could also be a version subsidized with “special offers.” If the low-cost 7-inch slate is a new model, how the specs will vary from the current generation is unknown.

The 7-inch tablet range has seen its fair share of quality offerings below $200, but offering a $99 tablet could push Amazon’s sales numbers ahead of the pack.

Update: An Amazon spokesperson has extinguished rumors of the $99 Kindle Fire, stating simply, “It’s not happening — we are already at the lowest price points possible for that hardware.” So that’s that.

[via TechCrunch]

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  • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 1PhoneDoesnt.com

    Yep, yep! Lets get these tabs to $99 for smalls and $199 for larges.. then we have useful devices IMO… iPad at $500-900 3 years later is so laughable it makes me want to vow nuclear war on Apple not the other way around

  • Tomato88

    I wish the same happens with subsidized cell phones. How about $99 for the highest-end phones and take nonsense out of contract war?

  • leocal79

    Ipad is a toy it’s worth $300 at best because of the build. Android tablets $100-$250 sounds about right. Apple is the past. Contracts should go the way of the beta max they are obsolete.

  • BigCiX

    Good deal for $99

  • IHateRegisteringDisqusNames

    That’s funny because I really wasn’t going to bother upgrading my Kindle Fire to the HD model because it seemed that, versus the $199 Nexus 7, it really wouldn’t have been a good buy. But at $99, I would consider trading in my OG Kindle Fire AND getting a Nexus 7.

    If this is true, I’d like to see if Google lowers the OG Nexus 7 in price to $99 in time for the newer models.

    Competition is good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SpecsOffender Aaron Armstrong

    If I can get the HD for $99 I’ll be grabbing one and handing my OG Fire to my wife.

  • Spritemast

    I would get 2 …

  • PuzzledObserver

    Is it easy to hack the Kindle Fire HD (Root + install any custom ROM)?

    • DavidVarghese

      Not sure about any custom ROM because of hardware limitations, but you can.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1077457989 Nicky Davies

    Amazon has the best prices on all of the Kindle Fire Models! Check it out Here!!! http://amzn.to/TSw0AF