Will Amazon’s new $50 tablet rekindle consumers’ interest

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During the past few seasons, Amazon has struggled to draw customers to its tablets due to increasing competition and declining consumers’ interest.

That’s why now, the largest online retailer plans to release a $50 tablet with a 6-inch screen. The new release will be in time for this year’s holidays. That would make the device one of the least-expensive tablets on the market and half the price of the company’s current Fire HD 6-inch tablet.

The new $50 tablet is part of a slate Amazon is planning to release this year that will also include devices with 8-inch and 10-inch screens.

The move would potentially attract users looking for a simple device for straightforward tasks like streaming video at home and shopping online. But usually inexpensive tablets typically come with compromises like inferior screen quality, durability or battery life in comparison to more expensive tablets. For instance, the $50 device will have a mono speaker, rather than stereo, one of the people said.

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