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New Amazon Kindle Fire brings TouchPad-like pricing to Android world

by Tim Stiffler-Dean Wed, 28 Sep 2011 1:00 pm EDT

Today is a momentus day for the tablet world, or so say many analysts, bloggers and techies out there. Amazon has announced the soon-to-be-released Amazon Kindle Fire, an Android-powered tablet that is sure to beat out nearly every device that is not called an iPad. Not because it has a huge screen (it's only 7 inches), or a lot of on-device storage (a measly 8 GB). No, the Amazon Kindle Fire will be popular because of its entry price of $199.

Don't get me wrong, the device looks like it will be a nice one. It weighs 14.6 ounces and sports a 1024x600, 7 inch IPS display. The 1 Ghz dual-core processor and the changes that Amazon has made to the Android operating system (including the new Silk browser) are sure to turn a few heads as well, but it will still be that $199 pricetag that reels in most customers (not to mention the massive amount of digital content that Amazon can offer to Kindle Fire owners). It's not only cheaper than other Android tablets, but even the big competitor to the Kindle; Barnes & Noble's Nook Color ($249).

Sadly, it's another kick to the groin of the webOS Nation as Amazon looks to take over that #2 spot in the tablet world on November 15th, even as we learn the details of the never-to-be-released 7 inch webOS tablet; the TouchPad Go. Has Amazon learned from HP's ways by releasing a device for less than $200? It sure seems that way, and even though the Amazon Kindle Fire isn't the highest quality tablet to be released this year, the lines of people to buy the new device by this top-tier company may easily resemble those created by the TouchPad fire-sale pricing.

A successful launch of the Kindle Fire could do more than just show the world that tablets don't have to be expensive; maybe it will be enough to show HP that there is room for the very 7-inch webOS tablet we saw yesterday. The new Kindle might do well because of the content and pricetag, but a TouchPad Go would easily come out on top with the superior operating system, cameras on the front and back of the device, a 4:3 aspect ratio screen that's 1024x768 (better for viewing videos and playing games), 3G radio and a dozen other features - as long as it was priced in a similar fashion.

While the world clamors at this new, inexpensive Android tablet by Amazon, HP needs to listen closely. If they do listen and change their decision, they might hear the sounds of cash flowing back into their bank accounts, rather than rushing out so quickly.

Source: AndroidCentral