We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

Amazon drops price of Kindle Fire HD 8.9'' to $269

Price drop is possible with increased volumes and sales to Japan and Europe

Amazon on Wednesday lowered the starting price of its large-screen Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet in the U.S. to $269 for the Wi-Fi version and $399 for the 4G version. (See also: Kindle Fire HD vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9 review.)

The reduction, from the original $299 for Wi-Fi and $499 for 4G, was not because units were not selling, an Amazon spokesman said. Instead, it was because Amazon has been able to increase production volumes and reduce costs as the device has gone on sale in Europe and Japan, Amazon officials said.

"We're thrilled with customer reaction to Kindle Fire HD 8.9". Customers tell us they love our large-screen version of Kindle Fire HD for web browsing, email, gaming, watching TV shows, reading magazines, and more," said Dave Limp, vice president, Amazon Kindle, in a statement. "As we expand Kindle Fire HD 8.9" to Europe and Japan, we've been able to increase our production volumes and decrease our costs. Across our business at Amazon, whenever we are able to create cost efficiencies like this, we want to pass the savings along to our customers."

The 8.9-in. Fire HD was announced Sept. 6 along with a 7-in. version.

Amazon's new price of $269 for the 16GB Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is $230 below, or nearly half the $499 price that Apple charges for its closest comparable 9.7-in. iPad with Retina display, Wi-Fi and 16 GB.

The 8.9-in. Fire HD version has a 1920 x 1200 resolution, with 254 PPI, the highest resolution of any Kindle Fire. Its battery is rated for 10 hours of life. The $269 price is for a 16GB Wi-Fi version, while a 32GB Wi-Fi version sells for $299. The $399 4G version has 32GB of storage as well as Wi-Fi. Amazon also has a 64GB version with 4G and Wi-Fi for $499.

The Kindle Fire runs a customized version of Android. As such, it is among a number of Android tablets on the market that are low-priced, many starting at $200 depending on size and storage volume. IDC this week said Android will overtake Apple's iOS in tablets in 2013 for the first time, with Android-powered tablets accounting for 48.8% of shipments in the year, compared to 46% for iOS tablets.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is [email protected].

See more by Matt Hamblen on Computerworld.com.

Read more about tablets in Computerworld's Tablets Topic Center.

IDG UK Sites

Apple promises developers better stability, performance for Swift

IDG UK Sites

5 things we hate about MWC: What it's like to be a journalist at a technology trade show

IDG UK Sites

Interview: Lauren Currie aims to help design students bridge skills gap

IDG UK Sites

12in Retina MacBook Air release date rumours: new MacBook Air to have fingerprint ID, could launch...