Rampant rumors and speculation have surrounded the Amazon Tablet PC lineup for months now. Previous to the launch two days ago of the Kindle Fire tablet presell on Amazon, all we knew was that Kindle was releasing a 7 inch and 10 inch tablet sometime soon. The Kindle Fire touch screen color tablet ends that speculation, and is available as a presell product for $199 on Amazon’s website. The physical tablet will begin shipping November 15, and to say that Amazon is happy with their day one sales is the understatement of 2011. Over 95,000 Kindle Fire tablets were sold on the first day of the presell launch.
Some speculation exists that the same problems that have plagued Amazon with their Kindle launches is going to rear its ugly head again with their Kindle Fire. The original Kindle eReader immediately sold out in 2007, and subsequent versions have also had the same supply problem. Figures are not available as to how many Kindle Fire tablets Amazon has in stock or is having built. Previous to this presell launch, rumors were pretty substantial that a $299 price tag would be attached to the 7 inch Kindle tablet when it was released. Offering a Tablet PC with multitouch gesture support, capacitive touch screen, dual core processor and Android operating system for $199 significantly lowers the retail pricing bar, and certainly played a large factor in moving 95,000 units the first day.
Amazon seems to be employing the same profitable marketing strategy with their Tablet PC lineup as they have employed and enjoyed with their Kindle and digital content marketplace. Traditionally, Amazon releases their hardware devices at barely over a breakeven point financially. Then the content they provide for those devices makes up for that lost capital with extremely high margins, but low cost to the consumer. Amazon is also pushing the fact that they allow for free Cloud storage via the Kindle Fire tablet, so the consumer in effect has limitless storage capability, which is not offered by the majority of tablet competitors.
While total technical specifications are incomplete, we do know that this is a Wi-Fi tablet, and has a microUSB port for charging and device access as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The display offered is 1024 x 600 pixels on a 7 inch screen which is protected with a layer of Corning anti-scratch Gorilla Glass. A Texas Instruments OMAP4 dual core processing chip set is on board, and Amazon is including one free month of their Amazon Prime membership. Amazon Prime offers instant streaming of over 10,000 TV shows and movies, and also delivers free two-day shipping on any items ordered from Amazon’s retail website. Pre-order the Kindle Fire tablet for only $199 to ensure you get one in the original shipment!