May 24 AT 8:22 AM Edgar Cervantes 22 Comments

Rumor: Amazon tablets to cost $350-$450, are you convinced? (Poll)

A couple of weeks ago, our friend Taylor made an epic return from his labor quest, giving us a taste of what Amazon has in store for us. We all had suspicions that Amazon could be working on some Android devices, but Taylor took the stage and used his ninja skills to actually get word from an insider, bringing us much more details than we had.

How much do we know? Well, Amazon is working on bringing an “entire family” of devices to the market, which would include a phone and probably two tablets. Of course, Taylor is not the only stealthy spy on the streets, and Tim Bajarin from has provider further proof of Amazon’s upcoming foray into the hardware market. According to Tim’s sources, Amazon will have a 7-inch tablet priced at around $350, and a 10-inch model at around $450. The author makes no mention of a cellphone, though, which would have been nice to hear about.

Amazon definitely has the strength to bring some some major competition when it comes to prices. We expected prices to be a bit lower, with the smaller tablet priced at about $250 (like the Nook Color), and the larger one at around $400. It is undeniable that the prices given by Tim are still fair to today’s standards. Rumors say that these will carry Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 processors, a bold move that will leave Amazon with the most aggressively priced tablets on the market.

We can assume many outcomes, but ultimately, you guys (the consumer) are the ones that matter. We would like to know where you stand, so we have created a poll to see how everyone would feel if these prices happened to be accurate. Join us and take a vote! And please do share your reasons with us in the comment section!

After asking the Android and Me team where their vote would go, this is some of the feedback I received from them:

  • Alberto Vildosola: None, I am just not interested.“I’d have to wait and see how Amazon convinces me that I should buy all my Android apps all over again from the Amazon Appstore.”
  • Anthony Domanico: None, I am just not interested.“I have a Xoom, and I’m perfectly happy with it. Tablets, for me, are a nice-to-have rather than a need-to-have. Unless they have Tegra3 and other killer specs inside, I’m really not interested in trading up.The only thing I’d be a bit concerned about are the storage space, which seemingly has a huge influence on tablet pricing. What if these things had only 8GB of storage?”
  • Clark Wimberly: Tablets? I don’t need no stinking tablets!“I’ll always take a freebie, but you would be hard pressed to ever find me spending my own money on a tablet.For the foreseeable future, at least.”
  • Justin Shapcott: Tablets? I don’t need no stinking tablets!“I would not purchase any tablet, no matter who made or distributed it, at any pricepoint. If someone gave me one, I would accept it, and maybe even use it, but I’d never actually buy one. I still don’t see a valid use case for tablets.”
  • Keivan Askari: None, I am just not interested.“I have the galaxy 10.1 and am completely happy with it. If there was one with less memory, cheaper, only used micro sd for storage, and was a 7-inch like the nook, but came with a limited amount of free 3g data, I would look at it.”
  • Nick Gray: None, I am just not interested.“The specs would need to be amazing (tegra 3 with an amazing display), but I’d still not buy it. I know there are a lot of amazon fans out there, but I have a hard time handing over my money for a device designed by a retailer. They know books like nobody’s business, but I doubt that their first android tablets will offer enough for me to switch.”
  • Sean Riley: None, I am just not interested. “I already have a couple tablets and enjoy them both, so unless Amazon has an incredible value proposition I won’t be replacing my current setup.I have to say I just don’t buy that pricing unless Amazon is going to package in their streaming video service and some cloud drive storage as well. One of their biggest advantages versus the rest of the Android tablet manufacturers is that they will control the entire ecosystem which should guarantee that they will be pulling cash after sale and if they don’t discount the initial purchase price they’ll be squandering that advantage. The other possibility that makes sense would be to offer a steep discount ($150-$200) on the hardware to Prime subscribers. “


Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • Terrormaster

    While the prices are aggressive I would have liked to have seen them ring in with the following:

    4″ Tablet (iTouch competitor) @ $199
    7″ Tablet @ $299
    10″ Tablet @ $399

    So yeah knock $50 bucks off and I’d jump all over a 7″ tablet.

    • http://Website Lucian Armasu

      While we don’t know if they will have any kind of special specs/displays yet, with as little as we know now I don’t think the 7″ one is priced that aggressively. It should be $250-300 at most. $450 for the 10″ one is more acceptable, but $400 is really the sweet spot for new high-end Android tablets. If they release a sexy 10″ tablet with a quad core Tegra 3 and and maybe 1920×1200 resolution display, even iPad 3 won’t be able to compete with it for $400 and those specs.

  • http://Website Jason

    The main issue is going to be whether the Market will also work. The Android Appstore is just decent — no “recent changes” and no in-appstore uninstall option. Plus, Many people have paid for a whole library of apps in the Market and won’t want to repurchase them. If Amazon decides to make this an Amazon-only device, that’s going to slow down adoption in my opinion.

    Now, if it’s open and customizable, then I’d be game for 2nd generation in 2012, when my Acer Iconia starts to feel old.

  • Steve

    The big open question at this point is the specifications and how Amazon intends to customize their offerings. Expect something very different from the rest of the field which will make the price seem a “bargain” when you consider the ecosystem offering AND the hardware as a complete package. For example. unlimited video streaming like that offered to Amazon Prime subscribers.

  • Clark Wimberly

    Seeing all the staff no’s in a row makes us look like curmudgeons, haha

    • Anthony Domanico

      Time to face it, Clark. We ARE curmudgeons.

  • http://Website Eric

    If it gets hacked with the android market, then perhaps I will.

  • http://Website pasmith

    Did your staff read the source link?

    “Unless they have Tegra3 and other killer specs inside, I’m really not interested in trading up.”

    Assuming you’re buying into what the PC Mag guy says, the 10″ *is* a Tegra 3 device. For $450. Out this year. That’s disruptive, if true (I don’t believe it’s true).

    Anyway, for an Android site, there’s an awful lot of tablet haters on staff. Maybe you need to hire someone who can give readers the pro-tablet stance. Or maybe I just need to read a different site?

    • Sean Riley

      I realize I’m in the minority, but I have two tablets (that I paid for) already so if you are looking for the tablet enthusiast on the AAM staff I’m probably it.

      As I laid out in my response I think if Amazon plays its cards right with discount pricing for Prime subscribers or just bundling services they could have a real hit with the general consumer. Personally I like the idea of playing in the traditional Android ecosystem and I just don’t see that happening with an Amazon branded device.

    • Justin Shapcott

      Last I checked, tablets constitute a pretty tiny slice of the Android landscape. Not sure why our lack of interest in them (personally) would have any bearing on your desire to read the site.

  • http://Website Miguel

    Hmmm.. I’m confused. 3 (Clark, Justin, Sean) of the 7 staff members said “I don’t need no stinking tablets!“. Does this mean they are against ALL tablets or just an AMAZON TABLET? If it’s the former, then they are probably not the most accurate source for input since they don’t represent anything near the tablet market since they ARE NOT IN THE TABLET MARKET.

    This would be akin to asking a group of people who hate convertibles because they see no utility in them if they would purchase a Hyundai convertible. What do you think their response would be?

    In addition, 2 staffmembers (Anthony, Keivan) also stated that they are not interested in tablets, but already own one. I’m going to assume they didn’t pay for them and that is the only reason they own one. And another staffmember (Taylor) said he would only use one if it were free as well.

    Only two staffmembers (Alberto, Nick) seemed at least somewhat open-minded to tablets, and they gave appropriate responses to the actual question, raising concerns over buying a device branded by a retailer and having to repurchase apps purchased from the Market.

    My question is, why the hate on tablets? I think tablets are very useful. Haven’t you guys every been lying on the couch or on the porch or or basically just lounging somewhere and you don’t feel like holding a hot laptop on your lap or chest just to browse the web or view YouTube, check gmail, etc? These are usually times when you don’t want to drain your phone’s battery because you’re going out later that night and you don’t want to have to lug the charger around the house to keep it charged while using it.

    I can definitely see uses for tablets. So you guys are hardcore laptop fans then? Chrome Notebooks? Why doesn’t something like the Asus Transformer float your boat?

    • Sean Riley

      My response to the poll was actually that I wasn’t interested in an Amazon tablet. I have two tablets in my arsenal already and I just don’t feel the need to replace either and especially not with something as separated from Android proper as the Amazon tablet(s) no doubt will be.

      • Justin Shapcott

        I have a tablet, and I have no use-case for it. Everything I can do on a tablet I can do on my phone.Everything I want to do on a tablet I have to do on my laptop because it’s either too cumbersome or not possible on a tablet.

        Fact is, until tablets can truly replace a laptop (or even a netbook) I can’t see any real reason they should exist.

  • http://Website Tal

    5″-6″ for me. Anything else is worthless.
    Worst case if no one brings that size at least there will be plenty to pick from around the 4.5″ market.

  • http://Website t

    And twice the price in the uk I take it?

  • http://Website Pone

    when the time amazon tablet is on the market, ipad 3 is almost out. so amazon is behind the competition again.

  • rickp3131

    Is this what Aerosmith’s ‘Big 10 Inch’ is really about? They truly were ahead of their time.

  • http://Website Luis

    Pshh, I have an iPad2 thank you, why would I get such an inferior device???

  • http://Website Billy

    dual core android goodness

  • mavricxx

    $350 for a 7″ , that’s awesome!

  • http://none Maya

    I just bought the Viewpad7, already having the HTC Android phone I simply popped out the SIM and SD cards put them in, and low and behold it works perfectly as a phone also. I just had to change the 3G settings to receive 3G. For $299.00 it is an awesome item for my small business, I refuse to pay $1,000 for a tablet that will be outdated in 3 months. I guess it depends on what your needs are as a consumer, but this works great for me!

  • http://Website Rev. Spaminator

    Before considering any tablet one must ask..I can haz root?