Kindle Fire Sales Hit 6 Million In Q4 - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile // Mobile Devices

Kindle Fire Sales Hit 6 Million In Q4

Amazon's Android-based tablet expected to boost year-end revenues, which the company is slated to report Tuesday.

Amazon Kindle Fire: Visual Tour
Amazon Kindle Fire: Visual Tour
(click image for larger view and for slideshow)
While Amazon specializes in hawking bestsellers of the literary kind, new numbers show that the online retailer can claim a blockbuster of its own making with the Kindle Fire.

Amazon shipped as many as 6 million Kindle Fire tablets in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a revised estimate by Stifel Nicolaus analyst Jordan Rohan, who previously pegged sales at 5 million units.

In a note Sunday to investors, Rohan said Amazon's competitive pricing--the Kindle Fire sells for $199, compared to $499 for the least expensive Apple iPad 2--is a major reason behind the Android-based tablet's popularity. "Kindle Fire has staked out an important market position due to its loyal Amazon customer base and attractive device pricing," said Rohan.

Further evidence of Kindle Fire's strong sales can be found on Amazon's own best sellers list. The tablet remains the top-seller in the electronics category, a position it's occupied for weeks.

[What's the takeaway from mobile device makers' financial reports? See Smartphone, Tablet Races: 4 Telling Numbers.]

Previous studies have shown that Amazon actually loses money on Kindle Fire device sales, but hopes to more than recoup those losses through increased sales of books, movies, and other media that Kindle Fire users can purchase through Amazon's Web store.

Kindle Fire boasts some impressive specs for a sub-$200 slate. The 7-inch LCD screen displays 16 million colors in high-resolution, at 169 pixels per inch. In-plane switching technology provides wide viewing angles. A dual-core processor, reportedly from Texas Instruments, provides quick responsiveness.

The device weighs just 14.6 ounces, making it possible for most people to hold in one hand.

Kindle Fire also provides out-of-the-box integration with Amazon subscription services for movies, TV shows, games, and music. And it boasts a new browser called Silk that splits rendering tasks between the tablet and Amazon's big iron EC2 servers in the cloud, an approach that Amazon says is faster than traditional browsers, but has also raised privacy concerns.

Amazon is scheduled to release fourth quarter results on Tuesday, when market watchers expect the company to disclose more information about sales of Kindle Fire, which went on sale in the United States on Nov. 15. Wall Street analysts are, on average, expecting Amazon to report earnings per share of 19 cents, on revenue of $18.2 billion, according to data from Thomson Reuters.

Amazon shares were off 1.61%, to $192.23, in early trading Monday.

The Enterprise Connect conference program covers the full range of platforms, services, and applications that comprise modern communications and collaboration systems. It happens March 25-29 in Orlando, Fla. Find out more.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

News
Remote Work Tops SF, NYC for Most High-Paying Job Openings
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  7/20/2021
Slideshows
Blockchain Gets Real Across Industries
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  7/22/2021
Commentary
Seeking a Competitive Edge vs. Chasing Savings in the Cloud
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  7/19/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Monitoring Critical Cloud Workloads Report
In this report, our experts will discuss how to advance your ability to monitor critical workloads as they move about the various cloud platforms in your company.
Slideshows
Flash Poll