Kindle Fire sales stronger than analysts expected

Amazon's Q4 earnings report may reveal more on Tuesday

Amazon will announce fourth-quarter earnings Tuesday on the heels of what analysts called stronger-than-expected fourth quarter Kindle Fire tablet sales.

Amazon sold 6 million of the $199 Kindle Fire in the fourth quarter, a Stifel Nicolaus analyst said in a recent note after earlier predicting 5 million Kindle Fire sales for the period. Recently, a Barclays analyst upped his estimate for the quarter to 5.5 million units sold, a million more than the initial prediction for the period.

Amazon has not historically announced sales for a specific device, and is not likely to do so tomorrow. Apple last week said it had sold 15.4 million iPad tablets in the last quarter, more than double the number it sold for the same period in 2010. The iPad starts at $499.

Strategy Analytics last week said all kinds of Android tablets, including the Kindle Fire and a variety of Galaxy Tablets from Samsung, sold 10.5 million units in the fourth quarter, garnering almost 39.1% of the tablet market. That compares to Apple's share of nearly 58%.

Tablet details

Tablet

Mfr.

OS

Screen size

Internet connectivity

3G/4G carrier

Storage

Weight

Processor

Start price ($US)

Ship date/est. ship date

Notes

Acer 10-in. MeeGo tablet

Acer

MeeGo

10 in.

Intel Atom

12/01/11

Part of Acer's Iconia "M Series." Shipping end of 2011.

Nook tablet

Barnes & Noble

Android

7 in.

Wi-Fi

16GB built-in; MicroSD slot for up to 32GB

0.8 lb.

1GHz TI OMAP4 dual-core processor

249

11/18/11

Running 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Kindle Fire

Amazon

Android

7 in.

Wi-Fi

8GB

0.91 lb.

1GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP

199

11/15/11

No camera or mic; free cloud backup

Latitude ST business tablet

Dell

Windows 7

10.1 in.

Wi-Fi, 3G optional

128GB

1.8 lbs.

11/01/11

Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

Samsung

Android

7 in.

HSPA+, HSPA, EDGE, GPRS and Wi-Fi

Unknown

16GB or 32GB

0.75 lb.

1.2 GHz dual-core processors

10/30/11

Available in Indonesia, Austria, in late October, then gradual rollout in other countries, including U.S.

IdeaPad

Lenovo

Android

7 in.

up to 32G internal; MicroSD and micro USB slots

0.88 lb.

ARM single-core Cortex-A8

199

9/30/11

ThinkPad Tablet

Lenovo

Android

10.1 in.

Wi-Fi

16GB

1.65 lbs.

Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processors

479

8/31/11

Available in August; Model with digitizer touch pen is $509; 3G version coming later

Iconia Tab A100

Acer

Android

7 in.

0.9 lb.

Dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2

329

8/12/11

Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)

IdeaPad Tablet K1

Lenovo

Android

10.1 in.

Wi-Fi

32GB

1.65 lbs.

Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processors

500

8/11/11

Available in U.S. sometime in August 2011; outside U.S. later in the year

Cius

Cisco

Android

7 in.

Wi-Fi/3G/4G

Verizon

32GB + microSD

1.5 lbs.

1.2GHz Intel Atom Z615

705

7/31/11

Runs older Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS; will be updated to 3.0 Honeycomb but unclear when

WindPad Enjoy 7

MSI

Android

7 in.

Wi-Fi

4GB + microSD

0.87 lb.

1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8

199

7/29/11

Running 2.3 Gingerbread

WindPad Enjoy 10

MSI

Android

10 in.

Wi-Fi

4GB + microSD

1.7 lbs.

1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8

299

7/29/11

Running 2.3 Gingerbread

Thrive

Toshiba

Android

10.1 in.

Wi-Fi

8GB, 16GB or 32GB

1.6 lbs.

1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2

429

7/10/11

Runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb; has removable battery pack

TouchPad

HP

webOS

9.7 in.

Wi-Fi

16GB or 32GB

1.6 lbs.

1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon

500

7/1/11

AT&T 3G version due this summer

Galaxy Tab 10.1-in.

Samsung

Android

10.1 in.

Wi-Fi

16GB or 32GB

1GHz dual-core

599

6/8/11

Includes enterprise mobile mgmt. software

Stylistic Q550 Slate PC

Fujitsu

Windows 7

10.1 in.

Wi-Fi

30GB or 62GB

1.7 lbs.

1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670 (Oak Trail)

729

6/1/11

BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM

BlackBerry

7 in.

Wi-Fi

16GB, 32GB or 64GB

0.9 lb.

1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430

499

4/19/11

3G/4G connectivity from Sprint, Verizon & AT&T promised for summer

iPad 2

Apple

iOS

9.7 in.

Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi/3G

AT&T, Verizon

16GB, 32GB or 64GB

1.33 lbs.

1GHz dual-core Apple A5

499

3/11/11

Xoom

Motorola

Android

10.1 in.

Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi/3G

Verizon

32GB + microSD

1.56 lbs.

1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2

600

2/24/11

First tablet to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS

Archos 70 Internet Tablet

Archos

Android

7 in.

Wi-Fi

8GB or 250GB

0.71 lb.

1GHz ARM Cortex A8

300

12/29/10

Runs older Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS

Archos 101 Internet Tablet

Archos

Android

10.1 in.

Wi-Fi

16GB

1.15 lbs.

1GHz ARM Cortex A8

350

11/22/10

Runs older Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS

Galaxy Tab 7-in.

Samsung

Android

7 in.

Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi/3G

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon

16GB + microSD

0.88 lb.

1GHz single-core Cortex-A8

359

11/15/10

Runs older Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS

Slate 500

HP

Windows 7

8.9 in.

Wi-Fi

64GB

1.5 lbs.

1.68GHz single-core Intel Atom Z540

799

10/21/10

Galaxy Tab 8.9-in.

Samsung

Android

8.9 in.

Wi-Fi

16GB or 32GB

1.04 lbs.

1GHz dual-core

469

Est. to ship early summer 2011. Includes enterprise mobile mgmt. software

MediaPad

Huawei

Android

7 in.

0.86 lbs.

1.2Ghz dual-core Qualcomm

Shipping in U.S. in Q4 2011, running Android 3.2

HP 4G TouchPad

HP

webOS

Wi-Fi/4G

AT&T

32GB

1.5GHz Snapdragon QSD8672

Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Asus

Android

10 in.

32GB or 64GB

1.29 lbs.

Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3

Will ship with Android 3.2, but will upgrade to Android 4.0. Will ship sometime in December.

WindPad 100A

MSI

Android

10 in.

Wi-Fi

up to 32GB

1.6 lbs.

Dual-core ARM

1GB RAM

WindPad 110W

MSI

Windows 7

Wi-Fi

up to 64GB

1.87 lbs.

AMD Fusion

2GB RAM

ViewPad 10Pro

ViewSonic

Windows 7, Android

10 in.

30GB or 62GB

1.76 lbs.

Atom Z670 (Oak Trail)

699

On sale in Taiwan in June

ViewPad 7x

ViewSonic

Android

7 in.

0.84 lb.

Shipping in July in Taiwan

Padfone

Asus

Android

Combination phone and tablet. No word on ship date.

AT200

Toshiba

Android

10.1 in.

Wi-Fi

microSD cards, micro-USB port

1.2 lbs.

dual-core 1.2GHz

0.3-in thick, shipping in Q4

Note

Samsung

Android

5.3 in.

LET, HSPA+, NFC

16G or 32G

0.39 lb.

dual-core 1.4GHZ

Users can write on Super Amoled screen with digital S pen. Has 1G RAM, 8M HD camera

Galaxy Tab 7.7

Samsung

Android

7.7 in.

LTE, GSPA

0.74 lb.

dual-core 1.4GHz

Super Amoled screen

IdeaPad Tablet P1

Lenovo

Windows 7

10.1 in.

Wi-Fi

Not given

1.75 lbs.

1.5GHz Intel chip

Pricing not announced; available in Q4

Slate 2

HP

Windows 7

8.9 in.

Wi-Fi

32GB

1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670

699

Tablet S and Tablet P

Sony

Android

9.4 in. for S1, dual 5.5-in. screens for S2

Wi-Fi and 3G

16G or 32G

372 to 625 grams

1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2

Wi-Fi only shipping in Europe in Sept.; 3G in November; 20.6mm thick

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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