Amazon held a press event in New York on Wednesday to launch four new devices. First is long awaited Kindle Fire Tablet. As we reported earlier, its based on Android and have bare minimum controls to keep the design simple.
Kindle Fire is 7-inch long and features color touch-screen. It do not have camera or microphone but supports Wi-Fi. It has a single button on one side of the device, stereo speakers on the other. It’s roughly 11.5 millimeters thick, no external hardware ports and just 8 GB internal memory. Don’t forget that you get unlimited cloud storage, so no need to worry about memory.
Only information about under the hood hardware is, it packs dual core processor and modified Android 2.3 OS. Unlike other Android tablets, home page shows apps in a bookshelf design and lets you download apps from Android Market.
Price of Kindle Fire is just $199, which gives it an edge over other tablets in the market including iPad2.
Next is Kindle Touch. Its designed as an improved eReader and lets you flip pages, search, shop and take notes by swiping and tapping the screen. Cost is $139 with 3G, and $99 for the Wi-Fi-only version. Without buttons it looks smaller and thinner than previous models.
Amazon also released Kindle eReader without touchscreen. The cost is just $79 but it’s 30% lighter than its predecessors, 18% smaller, and turns pages 10% faster.
Kindle Fire tablet will be released on 15th November and Kindle Touch on 20th November. Kindle without touchscreen ($79) is already available and you can order right now from Amazon.