Amazon’s Kindle Fire is now a known quantity, thanks to details supplied to Bloomberg ahead of the official announcement at Amazon’s press event Wednesday. The Android-based tablet has an attractive price, but to get there, it cut so many corners it probably won’t make much of a dent in Apple’s market lead.
The Kindle Fire has a seven-inch display, no camera and no microphone. It can only connect to Wi-Fi network; there’s no built-in 3G. It also only carries 8 GB of onboard memory, with no options for memory expansion, in order to help Amazon reach the Fire’s low price point of $199. By comparison, the Barnes & Noble Nook Color costs $249, and the iPad begins at $499.