Amazon is planning on releasing four new Fire Tablets and the Kindle Voyage 2 e-reader this week. The company is gearing up to dominate the low-end spectrum with an upcoming $50 six inch tablet. They also have a 7, 8 and 10 inch model in the works, according to leaked photos on the main Amazon server. All of these tablets will be running a new version of the Fire OS that will be based on Android 5.1.
Over the last few years the Fire tablets have lost their charm, as people tend not to upgrade their devices every year. Will Amazon offer a compelling enough reason for people who have older models to upgrade to the latest and greatest? Likely not, but a $50 entry level model will appeal to people on on a budget or with kids. If you are already heavily invested in the Amazon ecosystem, it might be a compelling value proposition.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.