Kindle Fire Reportedly Has 254,000 Pre-orders
October 5, 2011 9:17 AM
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Looks like Amazon.com's bargain pricing approach is paying off, early on
Is Amazon.com, Inc. (
Android tablet an "iPad killer"? According to a leak, preorders reveal it could be, thanks to its budget price.
When it comes to the tablet market, the aspiration of every Android tablet maker is to create the "iPad killer". Apple, Inc.'s (
) popular tablet
still controls 63 percent of global sales
. Thus far many companies have had their designs touted as "iPad killers", but only Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) has managed to come close to rivalling Apple in sales. And Samsung's prospects of continuing to do so are in jeopardy thanks to a slew of lawsuits [
] brought by Apple.
Amid this backdrop of high expectations and unfufilled hype Amazon.com, Inc. (
revealed last week
its first entrant in the color multi-touch tablet market, the Kindle Fire. It didn't take long after the unveil for the skepticism to set in. Some pointed out that Barnes & Noble Inc. (
released a similar tablet
(the Nook Color) almost a year ago. And reports indicated that the Fire
might be sold at a per-unit loss
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Editor-in-chief Jonathan Geller suggested during an appearance on CNBC on Wednesday afternoon, Amazon's new tablet "might not even really be an iPad competitor at all."
And Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White summed up these sentiments, remarking that the device was "hardly an iPad killer", stating "We believe Apple’s long history as both a hardware and software company will continue to drive greater technological innovation in the tablet market versus Amazon. Also, the aesthetics of the Kindle Fire seem tired to us and clearly pale in comparison with the iPad 2."
If the aesthetics of the Kindle Fire pale in comparison to the attractive iPad, the iPad's price equally pales in comparison to the Kindle Fire's. The Kindle Fire starts at $199 USD -- an unheard of price point for a modern tablet. The iPad starts at $499 USD -- an extra $300 USD.
A leak published by
(the sister site to
) indicates that the Kindle Fire has racked up 254,000+ preorders, just five days after the unveil. The leak, which comes from Amazon’s
ggregator (ALASKA), is an early signal that Amazon.com's budget pricing strategy may be paying off.
only mustered 300,000 sales
on its first day, when it was released last year. Amazon.com has been sustaining an apparent preorder pace of 50,000 orders a day, or roughly 2,000+ orders an hour. If it can keep this up it could easily pass the iPad in first day sales when it debuts on November 14.
To give just one more benchmark of how impressive this figure is, the Motorola Xoom reportedly
only sold between 25,000 and 125,000 units
in its first
on the market. Amazon.com may have just doubled that with a month of preorders still left in store.
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RE: Fire (on fire!)
10/5/2011 10:07:11 AM
If Barnes & Noble is smart, they need to come out with their answer to the Fire as soon as possible, because they only have a month left.
RE: Fire (on fire!)
10/5/2011 6:19:25 PM
B&N are kind of screwed. Even if they got the hardware specs up to snuff, the bigger issue is that they don't have the digital media infrastructure that Amazon does. Amazon is the only other major company aside from Apple that sells movies, music, books, and mobile applications from a unified storefront.
Then there are cloud services all on top of it. Amazon nailed this with the Kindle way back in late 2007, and both Amazon and Apple have robust cloud integration and streaming for their tablets. B&N again won't be providing for any of this.
"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay
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