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September 8, 2015

Amazon gears up for Christmas with $50 tablet

Device will feature a mono speaker.

By CBR Staff Writer

Amazon is planning to release a 6-inch tablet at a price of $50 in time for the holiday shopping season.

The price is half of the retailer’s existing 6-inch device, Fire tablet, which costs $99.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported that the device will feature a mono speaker instead of a stereo.

Several sources suggest that it will be targeted at low-end users who plan to have a tablet in the house in order to shop online.

The 6-inch tablet is only half an inch larger than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus smartphone and smaller than several large-screen smartphones, dubbed phablets. It may not have phone capabilities.

The online retailer is also planning to release 8-inch and 10-inch screen tablets later this year.

Amazon’s comes in the middle of increased competition for tablets. Apple is reportedly working on new versions of its iPad and iPad Mini tablets.

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Last year, Amazon unveiled a new lineup of tablets which included an exclusive kids’ edition and two low cost models.

It was reported last month that Amazon shelved some of its projects such as a 14-inch tablet, a projector device and a smart stylus.

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