Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon today announced that it has completely sold out of the Kindle Fire, which quickly rose to prominence as the 7-inch tablet to have in late 2011 before being overtaken (in prestige, at least) by the $199 7-inch Google Nexus 7 this summer.

Amazon, still without citing any actual sales numbers, said that the Kindle Fire has "captured 22 percent of tablet sales in the U.S." It didn't give a source for that percentage either. Regardless, there's no denying that the Kindle Fire has been a hot device, even in the sales figures, opaque at best, remain disputed.

Last week we ran an unscientific poll in our sidebar, asking readers the simple question: Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet or Nexus 7. Out of more than 3,100 responses, the message about where attention currently is directed was clear, at least from our readers:

Kindle Fire poll

And so that brings us to the present. Amazon has an event scheduled for Sept. 6 in Los Angeles, presumably to announce a new version of the Kindle Fire, which is all but certain now that it's no longer selling the original. The question now is whether whatever it brings to the table will continue to compete both in specs, features and, most important, price, particularly with the expectation that Apple will release a smaller iPad this fall.

Tune in next week as we find out, folks.

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Reader comments

Amazon says Kindle Fire completely 'sold out'; successor's announcement expected next week


So what makes the Kindle Fire different from other Android tablets? Is it really just geared for e-books with a few other things, making it watered down compared to most tablets? Or is it just Amazon taking the name power of the Kindle and jumping into the Android market, hoping said Kindle name would get sales? (And, well, sell it did.)

This is a question I have wondered about for some time and never got around to researching it.

The price made it different. It was small like a Blackberry Playbook or a 7-inch Galaxy Tab, but it was half their price. It has no cameras (front or back), a single-core processor, and is running an old version of Android they they skinned heavily with their app carousel-based UI. It plays Android games, is great for reading Kindle books, and has a pretty decent web browser. But the real defining trait is its price.

As soon as it was announced, the other tablets started dropping in price. The $500 Playbook dropped to $200, and other small (and even large) tablets shortly followed with price drops.

My wife has a Kindle Fire and loves it. My 4-year-old daughter loves it too. I love the form factor, but I don't really "love" the UI - it is okay, but not like Jellybean I am used to on my Xoom. We all love the price! LOL

Sold out means different in this context... they would have stopped producing the tablet and if they had only 300k(assumption) left. it could sold out too!!!

i think the Fire sales has dropped and they are trying to do some damage control.

Lol. What are you saying? . . . They are ANNOUNCING it sold out... no company does that, a year after release unless they stopped production to replace it with Another version. Pretty sure this has nothing to do with Sales.

I am betting it is just a spec bump - dual core (I doubt it will be quad-core), more RAM, more storage space, etc. and not a drastic redesign or anything. That said, I am anxious to see how it compares to the Nexus 7. I am seriously considering getting one of those and will hold off to see what Amazon comes up with to compete.

Barnes & Noble should be happy to see their numbers are about the same as the Kindle. I was surprised to see that frankly. And I am a Nook fan.

That said, I'd buy the Nexus 7 over either the Nook or Kindle now in a heartbeat. So, it will be interesting to see if Amazon and B&N can step up with some competition to the Nexus 7.

Wish they stop using the term 'sold out". They didn't sell out of something that was massed produced and never marked down. They simply stop selling them. SMH