Greg Bensinger reports that Amazon is planning to launch an even cheaper 6″ Android tablet. The tablet will cost $50, half the price of the 6″ tablet it will (probably) replace. Amazon is also going to release a couple larger models as well:
The move would potentially attract buyers looking for a simple—and effectively disposable—device for straightforward tasks like streaming video at home and shopping on Amazon.com. But such inexpensive tablets typically come with compromises like inferior screen quality, durability or battery life in comparison to more expensive tablets like Amazon’s larger Fire tablets and industry-leading devices like Apple’s iPad. For instance, the $50 device will have a mono speaker, rather than stereo, one of the people said.
The $50 device is part of a slate Amazon is planning to release this year that will also include tablets with 8-inch and 10-inch screens, according to the people familiar.
I would bet that 6″ tablet will also lack decent cameras, and ship with only limited internal storage (see, that’s why the FCC paperwork mentioned the microSD card slot).
Amazon has had mixed success with their hardware efforts over the past few years. While the Kindle is still the best-selling ereader, that is the only bright spot. The Fire tablets have proven to only be popular with Amazon customers in markets where Amazon sells digital content, and as for the Fire Phone …
Amazon has lately culled its hardware efforts, halting or scaling back projects that would have developed a smart stylus, a projector, and a fourteen-inch tablet code named project Cairo.