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A few days ago we had an initial prediction of how much it costs to build the Nexus 7 from iFixit, which said that the components alone should cost around $184. IHS iSuppli did an actual Nexus 7 teardown and evaluated the cost of the components to be around $152, for the 8 GB Nexus 7, and only $7.5 more for the 16 GB version. Andrew Rassweiler, who leads the teardown team at IHS iSuppli thinks Google will indeed break even on the 8 GB $199 version, just like Google said they would, but they will get a nice profit…

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Although budget tablets have been the object of numerous discussions over the past six months or so, when Google announced the Asus-built Nexus 7 tablet in late June at the Google I/O conference, the speculation dam just imploded as most of the online tech media has begun publishing stories on how other tablet manufacturers will respond to this move. As it turns out, all of the major tablet manufacturers are believed to make their presence felt in the 7-inch tablet market by the end of September: Apple is rumored to be working on an iPad Mini, Amazon is bound to…

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Now that Google has made its Kindle Fire killer official, the pressure is back on Amazon, as we expect the giant retailer to counterattack with its own next-gen Kindle Fire tablets. In fact, the web is filled with various Kindle Fire 2 rumors, and not all of them are on the same page. A few days ago we heard that two Kindle Fire 2 models will be available in stores this summer, sporting metal casings and “sophisticated looks.” That particular report suggested that Amazon will unveil a 7- and a 10-inch tablet at some point in the near future, with…

Kindle Fire

Google’s Nexus 7 is the tablet to beat at the moment and Amazon knows it. There have been long running rumors that Amazon is preparing to release a refresh of its Kindle Fire line and Amazon has an uphill battle if it wants to beat Google. With the launch of the Nexus 7, Google is using its brand name, technology, and its content (apps, games, music, movies) to woo users to its device. According to the China Times, production of the Kindle Fire 2 has been ramped up and it is set to have 2 million units ready by August 7. Amazon…

Kindle Fire

While, about a year ago, it was hard to conceive that anyone could threaten iPad’s dominance over the tablet market anytime soon, we are now faced with what could be called the “Amazon offensive”. The Kindle Fire has been by far the most surprising gadget of 2011, and is currently the second most popular tablet in the world, closing in on iPad’s leading spot as we speak. However, if you thought that Amazon would rest on their laurels and live off the Kindle Fire’s success for as long as possible, you thought wrong. Jeff Bezos’ company is looking set to…

Kindle Fire

Another week, another round of rumors from Digitimes’ well-connected sources in Taiwan. According to the usual manufacturing chain insiders, Amazon is planning to launch not one, but two new tablets in 2012, including a new 10-inch Kindle tablet. A previous story ran by Digitimes in November suggested that Jeff Bezos set his sights on an 8.9-inch model, spurred by the initial success of the 7-inch Kindle Fire. But things appeared to have changed since last year, and now Amazon hopes that it can deliver a successful 10-inch model, that customers would perceive as a worthy alternative to Apple’s freshly launched…

Kindle Fire 2

Following the huge success of the Kindle Fire tablet/E-reader is the Kindle 2, the next-generation tab that’s been rumored to sport a larger 10-inch display. We’ve been waiting all this time for Amazon to announce a follow-up to the fiery Kindle Fire. Thankfully, the well-established Taiwanese China Times has recently released a publication citing Foxconn as Amazon’s newly nominated ODM to manufacture the Kindle 2. This makes Foxconn the second major ODM next to Quanta – the sole developer of the original Kindle Fire. It’s also important to note that Amazon has a good list of manufacturers up its sleeve….