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Amazon launches low-cost tablet

Friday, 9 September 2016

Bundled with AI: A handout pic of the new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet with the Alexa experience. Amazon has cut the price of its new Fire tablet almost in half and added its popular voice assistant, Alexa, in hopes of making it a hot holiday item, despite a slump in overall tablet sales. — Amazon


WASHINGTON: US online giant Amazon announced Sept 8 a new small-format tablet that includes its digital assistant Alexa. 

The eight-inch (20-centimeter) display Fire HD tablet will start at US$89 (RM361) for US customers, making it one of the least expensive on the market. 

The all-new Fire HD 8 packs more battery life, more storage, faster performance, plus Alexa all for less than US$90 (RM365).”

Amazon has not release specific sales figures for its tablets. But a survey by research firm IDC estimated the online titan was the fifth largest vendor in the second quarter with global sales of 1.6 million units. 

Amazon also sells a 7in Fire tablet starting at US$49 (RM199) and a 10in device from US$230 (RM935). 

The global tablet market, led by Apple’s iPad, has been declining over the past few quarters, with some consumers turning to slim PCs, some with detachable keyboards. 

Amazon’s Alexa, which competes with Apple’s Siri, Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana, is a key element of the company’s strategy to move into the connected home and internet of things. 

Alexa’s skills include selecting music, appointment reminders, checking bank balances, ordering food, summoning Uber rides and more.

Source by: Internet

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