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8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablets become available according to a press release on the Amazon official website. The price tag of 16-gigabyte version of the tablet is $299 while 32-gigabyte version cost $369. Sales of 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with LTE support will start a week later and will be more expensive. A version with 32 gigabytes of internal memory may cost $499, and a 64 GB – $599.
8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD powered by dual-core OMAP 4479 1.5 GHz processor and has a 1GB of RAM. The tablet comes with high resolution 1920×1200 pixels display with 254ppi density. 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD could run on battery power about 10 hours. The tablet weighs 567 grams and equipped by a micro-USB connector and micro-HDMI. The Wi-Fi of the device is accelerated by using double antenna and MIMO technology.
Kindle Fire HD is running on modified Android 4.0 operating system. Amazon has developed its own tablet shell and Silk browser. Applications could be downloaded from the Amazon Appstore.
Amazon announced Kindle Fire HD tablets in early September 2012. 7-inch tablet was available in mid-September. The shipping of 8.9-inch devices was expected on November 20, but Amazon began shipping the device ahead of schedule.
Apple iPad mini manufactured by Foxconn?
According to recent rumors a new Apple 7.85 inch iPad mini tablet is going to be manufactured in the Brazilian Foxconn factory. Sales of Apple iPad mini should start this fall. iPad mini should be ready to go before Christmas Eve. The estimated cost of Apple iPad mini is somewhere between $200 to $300. Such price will put a serious pressure on the sales of competitor’s tablets. The main competitors of Apple iPad mini are Amazon Kindle Fire and recently released Google Nexus 7.
Apple iPad mini should come with smaller 7.85-inch screen versus to the current version of Apple iPad 3. The founder of Apple CEO Steve Jobs did not like the idea of producing such small tablets because the size of the display put physical limitations on the size of images and therefore negatively impact touch screen user experience. There were also concerns about applications availability and performance of such small devices. Hopefully Apple successfully worked out on mentioned issues and we will see a superior quality brand new device from Apple as always.
Apple iPad mini vs iPhone 5
According to the recent research of CouponCodes4u the presentation of both iPhone 5 and iPad mini at the same time may have serious negative consequences for sales of the next generation of Apple smartphone. There were a lot of rumors in regards of the release date of new Apple iPhone 5 and iPad mini. The most of sources believe that both devices will be presented on the special event in October.
CouponCodes4u interviewed 1873 Americans and ask them to choose what would they spend their money for iPad mini or iPhone 5. 78% of them choose iPad mini dispute the fact that the majority of them (77%) are already own Apple iPhone and instead of upgrading the Apple iPhone they decided to go with the new iPad mini. The main reason for choosing iPad mini was too little difference between iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S.
20% of people who choose iPhone 5 were saying that iPad mini is completely useless and they would use iPhone more often even if they had both devices available at the same time.
CouponCodes4u survey clearly shows that Apple iPhone 5 and iPad mini compete each other and releasing them at the same time may have negative impact on sales of both Apple gadgets.
There are more and more information about Apple iPad mini tablet coming from anonymous sources. Apple iPad mini tablet with 7 to 8 inches display expected to be released at the end of the 2012.
There are a number of 7-inch tablets currently available on the market. The most notable are Android based Amazon Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook tablet, recently introduced Google Nexus 7 and expected Samsung Galaxy Note 2. These Android tablets are very functional and have a reasonable price starting from $199.
Apple remains the leader in the tablet sales with a share of around 60% of the market. However, the company is experiencing a constant pressure from competitors that introduce modern, technologically advanced and very competitive solutions. For example, Google Nexus 7 tablet comes with a 4-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 7-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. The price of the model starts from $200.
So how Apple iPad mini is going to compete? There are several reasons to believe that release of iPad mini is going to be successful. First of all Apple has branded large retail network of 360 stores. Potential customers could have a real experience and examine the iPad mini in stores. There are also more than 200 thousands applications already developed and available to iPad consumers. We should also take into account the fact that Apple is one of the largest customers of Asian suppliers. Therefore the company will enjoy the best possible prices on required components.
Amazon and Google do not have any profit on sells of their tablets Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. They are making money on selling the content. Apple could easily compete with them in terms of price and still make money on selling not only content but tablets. However consumers should not expect such premier features as Retina display with Apple iPad mini. The expectation on display resolution is 1024×768 pixels.