While Amazon recently laid off some of its engineers after the Fire Phone failed to set the world alight, there has been persistent rumours that the global retailer is developing a budget-friendly tablet that could be priced at just $50. Amazon has so far declined to either confirm or deny the existence of such a project, although it has allegedly been spotted being put through its paces on GFXBench under the ‘Amazon KFFOWI’ moniker.
According to the GFXBench listing, the budget tablet will feature a 6.7-inch display with a resolution of just 1024 x 600, a quad-core MediaTek MT8127 processor, Mali-450 MP4 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and just 8GB of internal storage. There’s also a 1.8MP camera on the rear with a 0.3MP VGA camera on the front of the tablet.
While the benchmark states the KFFOWI tablet is running Android 5.1 Lollipop, it’s almost certainly going to Amazon’s forked version of the Android operating system. As you can tell, if the listing is accurate, this budget-friendly tablet is an entry-level device, which is perfectly fine if it comes in at the rumoured $50 price point.
The KFFOWI tablet isn’t a high-performance device, you won’t look at this tablet if you are looking to play resource hungry games, watch Full HD videos or to take high-quality pictures, but what it is, is a way for Amazon to open up its ecosystem to the entry-level market, especially if the tablet sold for just $50, which WSJ believes it will be. It will be interesting to see where and how Amazon market this tablet when it is launched, which is believed to next quarter.