Rumor: Kindle Fire generated 95,000 day one preorders

Amazon created a huge buzz last week when it announced its Kindle Fire tablet, even though the Android-powered device isn't due to be released until November 15. A new report claims that Amazon's first day for pre-orders has already generated some big sales numbers.

The report from eDataSource claims that the Kindle Fire generated 95,000 pre-orders on the first day for the $199 tablet. The company says it creates its sales estimates via "analyzing purchase receipts received by email". It adds that the company "is able to estimate the daily orders places at major ecommerce sites as well as what products are being purchased."

Even though the Kindle Fire has the higher price point, sales of the tablet were higher than all three of Amazon's new Kindle eReader devices. eDataSource says that its estimates show that just 25,000 units of the other Kindle devices were pre-ordered on the first day of sales. The report also claims that 27 percent of Amazon's Kindle Fire sales were accompanied by sales of some kind of accessory for the tablet.

The 7-inch tablet device generated so much buzz last week it even got a mention on Saturday Night Live. However, it wasn't very complementary. AllThingsD.com reports that In SNL's Weekend Update, Seth Myers talked about the reveal of the Kindle Fire and then joked, "It’s expected to sell well among parents who always buy the wrong thing." While that's a funny line, it remains to be seen if Myers' quip will be a portent of things to come or an inaccurate statement about the device.

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david13lt said,
Once they release 10" version I will be joining too. The most reasonable price I have seen so far.

It has a 10.1-inch screen, but a larger bezel than other tablets with the same-size screen.

I am definitely keeping my eye on this product. I trust Amazon to make quality products, and it's a great price for a tablet.

Amazon better open this up to the rest of the world.

Nothing beats e-ink for reading, but this will make a nice PDF reader.

Shiranui said,
Amazon better open this up to the rest of the world.

Nothing beats e-ink for reading, but this will make a nice PDF reader.

It's similar to other existing dual-core Android-powered tablets (example - ASUS Eee Transformer) - what's different is the processor and the price point ($100 less than the Transformer currently). Also, another announcement from Team Kindle says that they didn't protect the ROM from being rootable. (Found that tidbit via the PC Magazine website.)

I'm strongly considering getting this, I just want to tinker with one before I commit. $200 is much, much more reasonable than $400 to $600.

Regardless of which, it's *already* generating price-cuts on tablets - JCPenney has done a special-customers (their charge-card holders are part of the target list) price cut on the Coby Kyros 10.1-inch (diagonal) Android-based tablet MID1024. It's older than the Kindle Fire and has a less-beefy CPU - it also listed for $499.99. Thanks the the Kindle Fire, that price *had* to drop. (I'm expecting other retailers/e-tailers carrying the Coby Kyros or other Android tablets to start dropping prices as well.)

Besides, if you want an e-reader-only version of basically the same product, there is the Kindle Touch and Touch Wi-Fi+3G/4G ($99 and $149, respectively). What I'm hoping is that the Amazon AppStore will be available for the Coby Kyros and other "non-authorized" Android tablets (not just Amazon's own).

PGHammer said,
Regardless of which, it's *already* generating price-cuts on tablets - JCPenney has done a special-customers (their charge-card holders are part of the target list) price cut on the Coby Kyros 10.1-inch (diagonal) Android-based tablet MID1024. It's older than the Kindle Fire and has a less-beefy CPU - it also listed for $499.99. Thanks the the Kindle Fire, that price *had* to drop. (I'm expecting other retailers/e-tailers carrying the Coby Kyros or other Android tablets to start dropping prices as well.)

Besides, if you want an e-reader-only version of basically the same product, there is the Kindle Touch and Touch Wi-Fi+3G/4G ($99 and $149, respectively). What I'm hoping is that the Amazon AppStore will be available for the Coby Kyros and other "non-authorized" Android tablets (not just Amazon's own).

If Amazon is smart, and they've shown they are, then they'll open their own app store to all those other non-google blessed android tablets and totally shaft Google in the end.

GP007 said,

If Amazon is smart, and they've shown they are, then they'll open their own app store to all those other non-google blessed android tablets and totally shaft Google in the end.

Anyone can get and use the Amazon app store if they have a Android OS; I use it on my phone anytime and it keeps the library of everything I have and if i change to a new system that is Android based I can re-download all the apps all at one time. It's pretty damn slick.

The Amazon movies and tv streaming is going to make this little tablet great. No other android tablet maker can offer a service like this.

I ordered mine and from what I can tell it is a relatively cheap way to get consumable content. It has access to virtually all forms of entertainment available. It has access to Netflix. Most importantly, it will get me back my iPad. :-D

I ordered mine and from what I can tell it is a relatively cheap way to get consumable content. It has access to virtually all forms of entertainment available. It has access to Netflix. Most importantly, it will get me back my iPad. :-D

asdavis10 said,
It will be interesting to read reviews once this comes out. Are people buying a $200 tablet or a $200 eReader?

It's technically a media centric tablet since amazon will back it up with it's own amazon store and sell you not only books but videos, music and games. So, maybe apps as well I guess.

Face it, Amazon has now put itself in a position to cut out Google from it's own Android party with the Fire.