Online retailing giant Amazon.com is reportedly prepping the launch of a $50 tablet 6-inch for the holiday season, according to Wall Street Journal citing people familiar with the matter. The tablet will sport a mono speaker and is priced much lower than their Fire tablets, which starts at $99. The upcoming 6-inch tablet will reportedly be just half an inch bigger than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus and will apparently be smaller than some of the large-sized smartphones. The tablet is not expected to come with calling capabilities either.
To cut down on production costs, Amazon will be outsourcing most of the manufacturing processes to China’s Shanghai Huaqin Telecom Technology Co. and Taiwan’s Compal Communications Inc, where the latter having previously worked for Apple and Hewlett-Packard Co. to name a few.
The report further adds that Amazon is also prepping the release of an 8-inch and 10-inch screen tablets. The 10-inch tablet will reportedly be bigger than Amazon’s current Fire HDX tablet, which sports an 8.9-inch screen and goes as high as $600.
However, Amazon has failed to boost the popularity of its tablet and win over consumers. In addition, it faces more challenges as Apple may announce new versions of its popular iPad range at the upcoming fall event. According to research firm IDC, Amazon accounted for a mere 1 percent of the US tablet market in the second quarter, with Samsung commanding 42 percent of the total tablet market.
While Amazon, last week, also acquired a start-up that caters to traditional television broadcast for a slew of an Internet-linked devices for streaming video content. The e-commerce giant reportedly paid a $500 million for Portland-based Elemental Technologies, which specializes in reformatting live or on-demand television to be playable on smartphones, tablets, computers or other devices. Elemental’s 700 plus media customers include top giants such as CNN, BBC, along with HBO. The start-up even supports 4K ultra high definition content.