Six Amazon Kindle Fire rivals from CES; the small tablet war


    Amazon Kindle Fire is getting more and more rivals. At CES 2012, we witnessed to the entry of some more tech firms to the small tablet market. Now we have ViewSonic, Lenovo, Pantech, Pandigital and ASUS also with 7-inch tablets. The battle is to become more competitive for the Kindle Fire, the first 7-inch tablet with the cheapest price for an Android tablet ever. Kindle Fire has been such a massive success that it could even outperform iPad 2 in the vacation season of 2011.

    People largely went for the Fire as the first gift option, certainly because of its low price profile. Anyway, the eReader tablet will have to undergo extreme test in coming months. The upcoming rivals to the Fire are full-fledged tablets with all essential features including cameras for photography and video calls. Get through the article to see the best six Kindle Fire rivals, which found light at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
    Samsung has come up with yet another 7-inch tablet besides its Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The new Galaxy Tab is up with a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display and 1280×800 pixel resolution. The 7.7-inch Android tablet is powered by a 1.4GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage, plus an expandable memory card slot for 32GB. The Tab 7.7 is expected to become yet another brilliant Android tablet from the Koran technology maker, which has tablets under various screen sizes like the Galaxy Note, 5-inch, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

    Lenovo IdeaPad S2 7
    Competing head to head with Samsung, the Chinese tech firm Lenovo has announced a 7-inch tablet, dubbed the IdeaPad S2 7, at CES 2012.  The S2 7 will be up with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 3.0 Honeycomb and 1280x800p resolution 7-inch display. What is special with the IdeaPad S2 7 is its wireless HD streaming capability (WHDI). Lenovo partnered with Amimon to integrate WHDI for a great HDTV streaming experience on its IdeaPad S series of tablets.

    Pantech Element
    Pantech is a noted technology maker. It has surfaced an 8-inch tablet, called the Element at CES 2012. The Element is, of course, a big alternative to the Kindle Fire and it has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device features better specs and AT&T will sell it for just $300 on contract, however. The Pantech tablet will be equipped with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 4G LTE, HDMI-out, 1080p video playback and a 5-megapixel rear camera. Beyond all, the Pantech Element is a waterproof tablet. You need not to worry even if the Element drops to the pool by mistake.

    PanDigital SuperNova 8
    Pandigital has unveiled an 8-inch Amazon Kindle Fire rival, the SuperNova 8 at CES. The $229 tablet is to come with a 1-GHz Cortex A8 CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. The device has a micro-HDMI port, which will help you watch contents of the tablet on HDTVs. “However, the addition of a capacitive screen, improved battery life, and cameras with more megapixels isn’t enough to make the SuperNova a viable competitor to the $199 Kindle Fire,” says PCMag’s Sherri L. Smith.

    Asus Eee Pad MeMO
    The Eee Pad MeMo marks ASUS’ much-awaited foray into the small tablet market. The MeMo is an entirely different product in this list. It is to come with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor and Android Ice Cream Sandwich. At CES 2012, the MeMo was shown off by both the heads of NVIDIA and ASUS. Once realized, the 7-inch MeMo can beat all remaining 7-inchers in performance. The MeMo will sport an IPS LCD capacitive multitouch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. ASUS plans to sell the MeMO for a price of just $249, which is not bigger than the Fire’s $199 given that it is a Tegra 3 tablet.

    ViewSonic ViewPad E70
    The American tech firm ViewSonic has jumped into the small tablet market with a low-priced ViewPad E70. The device sports a 7-inch WVGA display, front camera and a single-core 1GHz processor as major features. The device will run on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. The ViewPad has connectivity features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mini-USB, microHDMI and others.


    1. Mistake to rush to a 7″ tablet form factor. Amazon is selling video and book content and checking a page on the web. The me too offerings rarely succeed.

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