Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s latest offering in its Fire series of tablets is the Fire HD 6 inch. The nifty little device comes with 6-inch screen, Amazon on Android interface and has a Wi-Fi only version. It promises what every tablet in its segment does – basic browsing, emails, reading, video, and gaming.
With no extra-large display to flaunt or fancy features to boast about, the low cost of the Fire HD 6-inch is what sets the Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) device apart. At $99 apiece (or $114 for the ad free version), the Fire HD 6-inch is a cheap buy. Remove that factor and it would merge seamlessly with a number of wannabe Android tablets available in the market currently. Rumors stating that Amazon Prime subscribers might be receiving the Fire HD at no cost after a year have also been making the rounds.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s plans to cash in on the holiday rush, however, might not pan out as well as hoped due to the expected influx of devices in the same price bracket as the modest Fire HD 6 inch. Falling tablet prices, though a reason to cheer for consumers, are a tablet manufacturer’s nightmare. This scenario is amplified in the case of Amazon, with bigger and better devices, such as Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)’s 8-inch tablet featuring Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8.1 and the discounted version of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Galaxy Tab 4, all set to invade the tiny Fire HD’s market space.
While the Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) Fire HD 6’s future as a mini tablet is questionable, it does have the option of transforming into an auxiliary device – a compact device which comes in handy for a quick job. For example, though the Fire HD 6-inch’s screen is too small for comfortable browsing, it can be used as a media remote. Users can select the media they want to play on the Fire HD and then play it on their television through a compatible set top box.
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