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Is This the New Kindle Fire?

You may be looking at the brand new Kindle Fire. According to a report out of The Verge, this is the device (or one of) that Amazon will unveil next Thursday. There aren’t many details to accompany the image above, but you can see that the custom Amazon skin is present and that a front camera is housed at the top. Other than those two things, the rest is a mystery.

It’s probably safe to assume that even if they do deliver both 7″ and 10″ tablets, that they’ll remain at reasonable price levels. Now that the original Kindle Fire is sold out, Amazon is going to have to fill the $199 space in the tablet industry that they created. The real question then becomes, “How much will they charge for a larger model?” Any guesses?

Via:  The Verge

  • This thing looks fugly!

  • Bionic



    6 dollars

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      Best I can do is three-fifty.

  • Answer2K1

    New Kindle Fire Keyboard?

    This will probably sell like the first one did. I’d buy a couple around the holidays for my less-Androidy family members, they pretty much live on Amazon and something like this is right up their alley because at this point, everyone shops on Amazon but everyone doesn’t know about the Play Store.

  • Sherzod Khashimov

    Looks like HP TouchPad with on-screen keyboard

    • Hunter

      +1 for the tenderloin

  • ddevito

    Unless it’s $99 it’s DOA (thanks to the N7)

  • Gus

    The portrait camera looks weird.

  • redbar0n11

    …does anyone care? I don’t…

    • michael arazan

      Kindle fire, if cheaper than a Nexus 7, would I buy it? Nope

  • Uhoh! It is a rectangle! (tm Apple) and is black (tm Apple) has rounded corners (tm Apple) has a glass screen in front (tm Apple) 😉

  • New_Guy

    10″ with a camera, from Amazon…$279

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Hmmmm,… sounds like you got the right price there. I can see it

  • Patrick Turpin

    The ui (keyboard, status icons) Look very much like MIUI roms…

  • Nope, that’s another Apple lawsuit because it has 4 corners and a screen. Seriously, why doesn’t Rod Roddenberry get involved in these suits, his father came up with the PADD.

    To the device at hand, looks ok. They don’t go to overboard with the Kindles… at least not as much as I would like. The big question is what are the specs.

  • $299 for a 10in

  • Jason Purp

    Yuck tbh

  • can i get some screen with that bezel

    • sad thing is this is more of a threat than the ipad

    • No. Try reading a book on something with no bezel. Your fingers always on the touch surface? That was an intentional design on the Nexus 7 and the Original Fire and you can bet it is here.

  • theentropic

    I’m not buying it (as in, I don’t think that’s what it’s going to look like)… it’s way too ugly.

    • TheDrizzle

      Maybe a prototype or something, but definitely not a final product. Way to ugly in a market that is dominated by the “beautiful” iPad.

      • Hunter

        They are actually somewhat separate markets. The iPad falls under the larger high-end side of the spectrum while the kindle fire and even nexus 7 are the smaller cheaper form factors.

        Essentially they don’t compete….yet

    • And the last Kindle Fire wasn’t?

    • Butters619

      Besides the fact that the display looks like a screen shot that was pasted on.

  • I would LOVE to see these at $150 and $250 for 8GB models and $200 and $300 for 16GB models.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I honestly don’t think Amazon will do multiple SKUs for the same sizes. I’m guessing one 8GB in the 7incher and 16GB in the 10incher

      • You’re probably right. However, while that means based on what I just said is that these should then be priced at $150 and $300, that doesn’t sound like it would gel too well with consumers. When compared only to $150, then $300 sounds too expensive. Still is what I think they should be priced at but I don’t think that would work very well. Maybe $179 and $299 sounds better when compared to each other.

        Ultimately, I think Amazon should REALLY try to undercut the Nexus 7 in price if they want to have another winner on their hands.

      • Hunter

        In a previous post by DL amazon had leaked 6 new SKUs relating to this release. So that probably means one of two possibilities: 2 form factors w/ 3 memory options for each, or 3 form factors w/ 2 memory options each.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          I remember that… it would make sense for Larger OEMS but… I honestly can’t see amazon spreading so thin

          • Hunter

            The fire was a pilot, to see how well they could penetrate the market. Now that they are in, why wouldn’t they expand their offerings?

  • Dixie Normus

    What she order?

    • Ha, I get it. French class.

  • quiklives

    I can’t imagine people going for the Fire over the Nexus 7 at the same price point, but I suppose people who don’t know any better make up far more of the population than I realize. And I guess I can understand it if they’re used to owning Kindles…still, it just seems like such a waste of potentially powerful technology.

    • hkklife

      IMO, Amazon will offer a 16Gb Fire for $199 to effectively one-up the 8Gb N7. Between now and Black afriday, Google and Asus should go ahead and either EOL the 8Gb N7 or drop it to $179. Then drop the 16Gb N7 to $199 or $229 and introduxe a new 32Gb SKU at $250.

      • even at $50 less, I don’t know if, for me anyway, the Amazon ecosystem would be worth it. We’ll see if they change things up software wise from the previous Fire

    • nightscout13

      I’ve owned the original Galaxy tab 7″ and the 10.1″. I can tell you that having a 10″ screen makes web browsing and watching videos a completely different experience.

      • Lactose_the_Intolerant

        Word. I have (LOVE) Motorola’s Xoom… need every inch of that screen for powerpoints, word & excel spreadsheets — not to mention Netflix! Spent a week with a friends KFire — found the size to be a hindrance… hell, keyboard takes up 1/2 of the screen!

  • Why Amazon? WHY?

  • shdowman

    hideous…looks like a cheap plastic toy

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    $199 for the 7incher. . . $299 for the 10incher… If they go anywhere near $400 it will get eaten alive by the competition.

    • nwd1911

      My thoughts exactly. They’re going to have to put some feature in there that is not on the Nexus 7 (expandable storage please), although the first run of KFs sold pretty well

  • moelsen8

    yuck.. it looks like all the cheap chinese craplets you see all over ebay