Rumor: Amazon to cut Kindle Fire price by $50

A recent rumor indicates Amazon is considering cutting the price of its Kindle Fire tablet to $149 in order to make room for new tablets. The company is reportedly making an updated 7-inch tablet that will take the current Kindle Fire's place as well as a 10.1-inch tablet.

DigiTimes reports Amazon will slash the Kindle Fire's price by $50 later this year in an effort to expand its market share while also making room for the company's new tablets. The website obtained its information on the price cuts from its sources in Amazon's supply chain. Those same sources stated that Amazon will likely release a new 7-inch tablet with improved specifications around the same time. The new tablet is rumored to have a screen resolution of 1280 by 800, an increase from the current Kindle Fire's resolution of 1024 by 600.

Additionally, Amazon will release a 10.1-inch tablet late this year or early next year, the sources said. Amazon previously rumored to be developing an 8.9-inch tablet, although DigiTimes states production of that model was halted to make room for the 10.1-inch model. DigiTimes also reports Amazon will refresh its Kindle e-book line with a 6-inch model featuring an integrated backlight; the company will refresh its other e-readers as well, although the sources did not provide any information on their new features or specifications.

Source: DigiTimes

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