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WSJ: Amazon has a $50 tablet in the works

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Amazon is about to release a tablet with $50 price tag in time for the holiday shopping season. Currently, the retail giant’s most affordable slate, Amazon Fire HD 6, costs $99.

Like the Fire HD 6, the upcoming ultra-affordable tablet is also going to pack a 6” display. Amazon is also tipped to launch new slates with 8” and 10” screens.

In order to reach the low price point, Amazon has reportedly outsourced some of the tablet’s development work to companies in China and Taiwan. Unsurprisingly, the device will feature decidedly low end hardware, including a mono speaker.

Amazon’s push further into the market for budget devices is a logical step for the company, as it struggled to establish itself as a premier manufacturer of high-end hardware. Roughly a year ago, the company took a massive write-down due to the market failure of its Fire Phone.