Oct 04 AT 11:21 PM Nick Gray 21 Comments

Rumor: Leaked Kindle Fire sales numbers point to biggest tablet launch ever


Earlier this week, we shared some initial pre-order estimates for the Amazon Kindle Fire. At the time, the outlook for a highly successful Kindle Fire debut was very positive, but some new leaked sales numbers may be far greater than anyone could have imagined. If the sales figures turn out to be true, Amazon has already secured more than 250,000 preorders since last week. If the masses continue to order the Kindle Fire at this rate, Amazon will accrue over 2.5 million preorders before the device launches in mid-November.

While we have a lot of faith in the Amazon Kindle Fire, we doubt Amazon will be able to sustain this pace for much longer. No matter how many more preorders Amazon is able to scrounge up over the next six weeks, it’s pretty clear the Amazon Kindle Fire will have the most successful tablet launch in history.  The Kindle Fire may not have all the features as those fancy new Honeycomb tablets, but the $199 price tag makes up for any of the software or hardware shortcoming the device may have.

Do you think the Kindle Fire will be the must-have gadget this holiday season?

Source: Cult of Android

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Nate B.

    Its nice for what it is. Its not made to be a hardcore powerhouse. Its made for what we know Amazon as. Heavily book known & casual gaming. Its just right for those kinds of users. It has the strait forward approach to the common media.

    • nosense

      Its processor gives Galaxy Tab 10.1 one a run for its money…

      The IPS Screen is another strong aspect.

      Its a superb tablet for the price that you pay. And you have the bargain psicological, as you know Amazon paid more than you to the manufacturer.

      That are the top reasons why this is the BEST TABLET AROUND.


      Sooo much fragmentation just within one week…

      • CTown

        Why? It doesn’t matter that it runs Android Gingerbread as it won’t have the Google Apps. Amazon wants people to think of it as another Kindle, not another Android tablet (but with a LOT of App compatibility.

        Also, I think this is a good thing! Finally, someone else has the potential to take Android to a new place. Android may be open source but it sure is not open when it comes to direction input (as in defining the roadmap). Perhaps Amazon can take Android to the next step of cloud multimedia (which is Amazon’s domian).

  • ben traves

    They could keep the momentum for a little longer if they allowed preorders from outside the u.s

    • Interpol91

      True, but as the holiday season nears demand will more than likely increase. At this price, Santa will be able to provide a tablet without breaking the bank :)

  • SherlockHomeboy

    Fantastic device aimed squarely at Apple’s market: people who like to consume lots of media. I may have to pick one up once the dev community gets their hands on it.

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    Amazon proving that price means everything!

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      So true. I purchased my Acer Iconia A500 over the summer when Staples had a $100 coupon for all their tablets. It was nearly impossible to find a Staples store that had any tablets in stock simply because everyone and their mom purchased one. If demand is high for $300 tablets, Amazon will have a tough time keeping the $200 Kindle Fire in stock.

  • JayMonster

    Who you are and what you want to use a tablet for really determines if this is a “must have” device of the holiday season.

    I have pre-ordered one for my wife, but I can’t see “dumbing down” by moving from my Xoom to the Kindle Fire.

    If you want a “coffee table” computer, then yes, the Kindle Fire is a fine device that will fit the bill, and at a killer price point, it will certainly drain off of the crown that is purchasing iFads soley for media content purposes.

    If your goal is power, productivity, etc., then this device is probably not for you, but you hope that it creates pricing pressure downwards.

    • Interpol91

      True and Amazon was obviously trying to target the consumer that wants to be up-to-date with technology without the high price that often comes with it. My dad barely got around to using a computer and I might get him this since it’s simple and will serve his needs well.

  • pitacrisps

    If only it had a front facing webcam…

  • joey

    with the money i got from selling my ipad, i just pre ordered 2 fire, can’t wait.

    • Fillis

      Why do you downgrade?

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