Amazon’s Kindle Fire line of Android-based tablets is clearly due a refresh soon. The currently-selling devices were announced in September of last year, so if the mega retailer wants to keep with tradition it should unveil some new models in a few weeks. And that very well may happen, since the company has already started cutting prices for the existing line.
The first to have its price dropped is the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. Up until now, this has started at $199. But for what Amazon says will be a limited time only, the tablet can be had for just $159. That’s a cool $40 shaved off of its price, which brings it to the exact same price point as the ‘vanilla’ non-HD Kindle Fire 7-incher. Talk about a good deal.
Of course, if you’re willing to pony up some more cash, there are other, better performing tablets out there that even come with the Google suite of apps (cough… Nexus 7… cough). But if you’re more interested in content consumption specifically from Amazon’s different services, than the Kindles are the perfect match. And the Kindle Fire HD 7 has just become a tad more affordable than before.
A few days ago we heard that Amazon is preparing new Kindle Fire tablets for this holiday season, ones that are going to come with even higher-res displays, and which will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset – the king of the mobile world at the moment. So obviously if that sounds enticing to you, you should probably wait a couple of months and get a new Kindle Fire. It’s your choice after all.