Amazon has cut the cost of Kindle Fire tablets in the US, fuelling rumours that it’s set to launch a new range of budget slates in the coming weeks.
The 7-inch 16GB and 32GB models have both seen a $40 reduction in price. The ‘special offers’ ad-supported models now cost $159 and $189 respectively, while the straight-up editions come in at $174 and $204.
The price drops have not been matched around the world, however. UK versions of the Kindle Fire remain the same price. The asking price of 8.9-inch models, in the US and here in the UK, is also unchanged.
New models of the Kindle Fire, with improved processors and better screens, have been widely touted around the web for launch next month.
Amazon will be keen to clear its old stock quickly, especially as Google’s new Nexus 7 has been so well-received and offers impressive HD smarts on a budget.
With Apple also priming a new version of the iPad mini, it seems likely that Amazon will release new Kindle Fire slates in the next few weeks.