In a press conference this morning, Amazon officially announced their new tablet – Kindle Fire. Months of speculation – including this post by yours truly – have led up to this release by the online retail and services giant. The new 7-inch tablet features an ultra-wide, Gorilla Glass IPS screen (LCD, not e-ink) and has a highly-modified version of the beloved Android OS that is tightly-integrated with Amazon’s multimedia and consumer service offerings offerings. The device has Whispersync via Wi-Fi, free cloud storage, a cloud-accelerated browser (Amazon Silk), and is powered by a Texas Instruments dual-core processor. It will be shipping on November 15, 2011.
Amazon also released the Kindle Touch featuring an infrared e-ink touch panel that will be available for $99 (Wi-Fi only; the 3G version is $149). The non-touch version of the new Kindle (i.e., using the Kindle Touch form-factor) is $79 and is available for sale today.
Having repeated this phrase several times, Jeff Bezos pointed his cross-hairs squarely at Apple and Samsung: “premium products at non-premium prices.”
- Amazon unveils $199 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet, $99 e-ink Kindle Touch (arstechnica.com)
- Amazon announces Kindle Touch (techradar.com)
- Amazon introduces $99 Kindle Touch, its first touchscreen e-book reader (news.consumerreports.org)
- Amazon Unveils New $79 E-Ink Kindle, $99 Kindle Touch (techcrunch.com)
- Amazon Introduces $200 Kindle Fire Touch Tablet, $79 Kindles, and More [Kindle] (lifehacker.com)
- In Depth: Amazon Kindle Fire: what you need to know (techradar.com)