Amazon has trimmed the price of its Kindle Fire tablet for Cyber Monday, bringing the 7-inch ereader slate down to $129. Available on both the "Special Offers" subsidized model or - for $144 - the non-subsidized versoin without adverts, the discount means Amazon's tablet temporarily undercuts Barnes & Noble's NOOK HD and Google's Nexus 7 by $70.
The particular Kindle Fire in the promotion is the updated entry-level model. That features a 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM, which Amazon claims makes it 40-percent faster than its predecessor, along with 8GB of storage and a battery good for up to 9hrs of reading, browsing, video playback, or other uses.
Under the hood there's Android, though Amazon comprehensively reskins Google's platform for its own purposes, and redirects all shopping through its own app and media stores. The Nexus 7 remains the better generic Android tablet choice, while the Kindle Fire HD has a better display.
Before you get visions of outfitting the whole family with a cheap Kindle Fire, however, Amazon has limited the promotion to a single unit per shopper. You'll need to use the "FIREDEAL" coupon code when you check out in order to score the $129 slate.