In the reawakened war of tablet supremacy, Amazon has fired the first shot, but Apple has a strategy up its sleeve.
Amazon announced its brand new Kindle Fire HD today, an Android-based tablet with stereo speakers, dual Wi-Fi antennas, more third-party apps and a new partnership with AMDB for displaying cast and production information on movies as they’re being shown.
The new Kindle Fire is a bit larger than its predecessor, measuring in at 8.9-inches.
Who will win the tablet war? First, here’s more on the new Kindle Fire.
The Kindle Fire HD is priced at $299 for a 16 GB model. Amazon will also be offering a $499 version that includes 32 GB of storage and access to a 4G LTE network.
One instant win over the iPad is the pricing for data. A data package only costs $50 per year and offers 250 MB per month of data, 20 GB of cloud storage and an incentive $10 Amazon Appstore credit.
Apple will likely release a 4G version of its iPad Mini, but consumers will be forced to use a cellular provider and pay roughly $30 per month for data.
Both models are set to ship Nov. 20.
This gives us some insight into the iPad Mini.
Apple’s smaller tablet very well may cost $299 for a 16 GB version, but with the advancement of iCloud, Apple may be intrigued to release an 8 GB version of the iPad Mini and really push the use of the cloud. They may even offer some kind of incentive of extra cloud storage for first-time adapters.
The iPad Mini should release sometime before Thanksgiving as well, in order to spark some a holiday rush at the stores.
Which tablet will reign supreme? If Apple can release an iPad Mini priced at $299 or cheaper, it should be game over for Amazon.
Amazon may have won the initial PR fight by announcing its tablet first, but Apple will finish strong.