Amazon today denied reports that it is prepping a $99 Kindle Fire HD.
“It’s not happening – we are already at the lowest price points possible for that hardware,” a spokesperson said in an email to PCMag.
Rumors about the cheaper tablet got started with a report from TechCrunch. Citing unnamed sources, the blog said a $99 7-inch Kindle Fire is currently in production, and will be shipping sometime this year. The device will reportedly come with a Texas Instruments processor and feature a 1,280-by-800 resolution display, just like the current 7-inch Kindle Fire HD
The report pointed to IDC tablet research director Tom Mainelli, who said it “actually sounds reasonable.”
“The infrastructure is definitely in place for Amazon to go even lower,” Mainelli was quoted as saying. “If they can sell the product at roughly what it costs to build, that fits their long-term vision to make money selling you content on that device. It’s entirely possible — physically possible — to create a device that costs $99, particularly at the scale that Amazon would do it.”
The price drop would put Amazon in a position to better compete with the myriad of low-cost Android tablets on the market, and undercut the price of Apple’s iPad mini
The rumor comes after Amazon recently dropped the price of its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. The price tag for the Wi-Fi version of the tablet dropped to $269, from $299 while Amazon discounted the 4G LTE model by $50, from $499 to $449.
For more, see PCMag’s full review of the 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated with comment from Amazon.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag