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Amazon Tablets To Sell For Hundreds Less Than $499 iPad?

Amazon will be stepping onto the scene soon with their Android powered tablets, as one of the last companies left to compete against Apple. Back in May, a few reports popped up about Amazon’s plan for an Android tablet, but nothing came into full light. Now it looks like Amazon may have seen the light themselves, and similarly to what we saw last weekend with the $99 HP TouchPad craze, could look to recreate the same buzz to surround their tablet.

It is reported that Amazon will launch the tablet in “September or October” according to a source from Amazon, and its main focus, is to sell for “hundreds less than the $499 iPad.” Amazon will recoup their loss on the selling of the tablets at such a low price, from DMPs or (Digital Media Purchases). Not a bad move, Amazon.

If Amazon is cranking out $99 or $199 Android tablets in the next couple months, who here is ready for them? And imagine, no cancelled orders the following day.

Via: New York Post

  • I believe that by HP lowering their prices and selling out the TouchPad, this hurts Amazon a little.  An estimated 500,000 touchpads were sold meaning that Amazon will have 500,000 less tablets sold then if they were the first to sell a very low priced tablet.  Having bought a TouchPad already, I do not see the need to buy an Amazon tablet.  Even for those who do not own TouchPads but Xooms, Transformers, Iconia Tabs, Galaxy Tabs 10.1, Amazon is late in the game. 

  • For $199 or less, its a no brainer for me. Cheaper than $199 and I’ll buy two… $249 is my breaking point where a tough decision based on specs and capabilites will have to be made. $299 is a #FAIL for me.

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  • Can not wait to see whats coming…

  • Relentless

    it’s all vaporware until it is available on the market with a price.

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  • Tanner Matthew49

    imagine kindle with a 7.5 inch LCD screen touch screen running honeyecomb

    • Tanner Matthew49

      for a $99.99 dollars

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  • Anonymous

    Bought in during the Kindle craze, and I still feel it’s the best version of the Kindle out there.

    I’d likely be in on Amazon’s tablet too, as they rarely disappoint.

  • Anonymous

    i heard it is a dual core, honeycomb 7″ device made by ZTE.

  • Scott Sanders

    I will wait to see the specs, but this could be a good thing to bring these tablet prices down, as I do think they are a bit over priced…

  • Mr_ewe

    This will really light a fire under the bum of the tablet scene.  only a few apps are “optimized” for tablets it seams, but it also seams like there isn’t much of a market for tablet optimized apps.

    My son loves my Xoom, if there was a tablet cheap enough that I would trust my 2 year old with it, I might purchase one just so i can have my Xoom back!

  • Ace Thruster

    Sell low … Create Buzz … re-coup on Apps/Music/Movies …   This should have been the business model from the start.

    Put me down for one.

  • Yeah I am interested. If these tabs have good specs for a low price I am down, and I will even by some Amazon media just to keep this low price trend going. If these things have quad or dual-core and equal specs with other honeycomb tablets I am all over it. 

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  • Booboolala2000

    Some are concerned that you will only get apps from the Amazon App Market. But couldn’t you just go to the Android Market Web page on the browser?

  • Anonymous

    I bought one of those $99 touchpads last week and people went crazy. If specs are good and they can release it at $200 it will beat ipad this Christmas. At $300 your only knocking at the door. At $100 other android OEM’s will be shaking in their boots. Looks like price is the deciding factor. Let the price wars begin.

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  • I’m SOOOOOO stoked for this. 
    [email protected]:disqus is right, it all depends on the specs. 

  • pezjono

    As an avid Amazon user (and even a member of their Amazon rewards credit card since I use it so often) I am certainly looking forward to this. THIS is why I have waited to buy a tablet. If there is any company to make a quality and cheap tablet, I put my money on Amazon.

  • Now we’re talking!!

  • Anonymous

    NookColor costs $250 and can be configured into a full-featured Android tablet. No reason for Amazon to charge any more than that.

  • Sep

    $99, and I will buy one for sure. Unlike with other manufacturers, I think I can count on at least Amazon to support its own tablet (at the very least, it’ll be a color Kindle).

  • did i mention it could be awesome?

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  • Stelv81

    If you already have a smart phone then no tablet is worth more than 200.

  • RW-1

    Interesting, we will have to see the specs and the price, but could be a winner.

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing $299 will be there selling point . I’m very intereted to see what Amazon has up there sleeves.

  • Anonymous

    I hate to say it, but the HP Touchpad is really good… Using my laptop almost like a desktop now, my Transformer with dock as a laptop for taking notes in school, and the TouchPad just as a fun tablet… the multitasking is brilliant… Android could learn a thing or two…

  • Jake

    The source said that Amazon would release a tablet that’s hundreds less than the iPad. That means that it could release ONE tablet for $200 less than the $499 iPad WiFi 16GB. So, the 7 inch dual-core Amazon tablet could be $299 and the larger quad-core could be more expensive.

  • Mr.Joe

    Tablets are crazy expensive as they are.  $299 is the most you should be paying for these things anyways.

    Would you pay $500 for a 1GHz dual core, 1GB, 10″ screen laptop?  It’s freaking outrageous   

    • Sporty

      And phones without a contract are cheap? $600 for a phone?!?

    • Yet you seem to forget the fact that a Tablet isnt a Laptop so you shouldnt treat it like one

  • Jay

    Of course it all comes down to the specs, alla is it going to be froyo lol

  • Daggy1985

    Idk I still love my nootered nook color. 🙂 Perhaps if the amazon tablet will go to work for me and make me boat loads of money Im game!

    • Anonymous

      I agree…it looks nice, but my rooted nook color fills my needs as far as a tablet right now.  I think this would have to be very impressive to be worth the purchase for me right now.

  • Anonymous

    If they have any kind of quality I would get one at that price even though I have no need for one whatsoever.

  • Booboolala2000

    Probably more like $199 & $399. I would get the seven inch, seeing as I am in two year with vzw and my 3g XOOM.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll be looking at the 7 as well, as i am also stuck with my verizon xoom (it launched on my bday… what’s a guy to do?!)

  • Anonymous

    I could totally spring for a 200 dollar tablet with the right specs and Ice Cream Sandwich

    • Blood

      Why would you want ICS on a tablet?

  • Madcow06

    If they can sell a good tablet for 199 I’m definitely in

  • lmrojas

    ICS and a quadcore for 99? And I can’t get my textbooks half price on this sign me up!

    • lmrojas


    • Anonymous

      That’s too much much to ask for a bargain tablet.  But there’s no harm to wish for something, right?

  • Arthur2142

    I’ll take the Hollywood Kal-el quad core version…

  • Ameer

    Figures, i just bought the galaxy tab….

  • Anonymous

    Color me impressed if this turns out to be true. Looking forward to jumping in if so.

  • Depending on the specs, I am so down. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care I’ll just buy one no matter what.  I love the Kindle anyway.  Amazon is my crack habit 🙂

  • Guest

    give me 7″ and honeycomb and I’ll get it for my wife.  For now, though, I don’t plan on replacing my Transformer!

  • thesaber2000

    sign me up. i already have a thrive, but for $199 or lower i’ll take another!

  • Binglut9

    I will get one if their cheap why not

  • Anonymous

    Smart Move

    • I’ve got the money down for one already. It has been burning a hole in my pocket for forever since I learned about these Fabled Amazon Android Creatures. I am so in for one!