Early evidence suggests that Amazon’s $199 touchscreen Android tablet, the Kindle Fire, will be a strong seller this holiday season.
The tablet, which goes on full sale Nov. 15, is currently the bestselling and “Most Wished For” device in the electronics category on amazon.com, followed by Amazon’s lower-priced line of ereaders.
Mashable readers are showing a similar proclivity for the device. In a recent poll, 45% of readers said they would consider purchasing the Kindle Fire above Amazon’s other ereaders, followed by the Wi-Fi only Kindle Touch (25%).
Last week, a leaked inventory shot revealed that a quarter of a million units were pre-ordered in the first five days.
Should Amazon continue to amass pre-orders at that rate, more than 2.5 million Kindle Fires will have been sold before the Nov. 15 launch date — a number that would dwarf other tablets’ launch-day sales numbers. Apple, for instance, sold 300,000 iPads, including deliveries of pre-orders, on its first day of sales in the U.S.
At half the price and without a camera, mic or 3G connectivity however, the Kindle Fire is difficult to compare with other devices in the tablet category. It’s perhaps best compared to Barnes & Nobles’s $250, Android-based Nook Color, for which sales numbers have not been released.