Kindle Fire: Amazon’s $199 Android Tablet
By on September 28th, 2011

Details of Amazon’s new tablet — the Kindle Fire — have been leaked by Bloomberg, just before the official event. It looks very similar to the Blackberry Playbook, with good reason.

It comes with a 7 inch multi-touch display and is an inexpensive, no-frills tablet. It doesn’t have a camera, or 3G connectivity, presumably stripped off to bring down the costs. It will come integrated with Amazon apps like the Amazon Appstore, Kindle Store, Amazon Prime, and Amazon MP3. It will also feature Amazon Cloud Drive support and will offer on-demand video streaming.

Thanks to its Android lineage, it will support thousands of Android apps from the Amazon Appstore. It will also come with 30 days of free Amazon Prime usage. It is priced at just $199, 60% lower than the iPad, and much lower than any Android tablet.

You can buy it here: Amazon Kindle Fire

Reportedly, Amazon will be launching another premium 10-inch tablet soon, which will be priced higher.

Amazon Kindle Fire

Some updates: The Kindle Fire will come with a 7 inch multi-touch IPS display, with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It’s a bit heavy, at 413 grams. It will have 8 GB of internal storage, and its battery will last for about 8 hours. Amazon has bundled free cloud storage for all content you get through Amazon.

Here’s a list of supported media formats: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, Audible, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

Update: The official Kindle Fire page is online – Amazon Kindle Fire

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  • http://silicoxvalley.com person287

    My guess, it will get around 1/3 of the sales of the iPad. Whatever it is, if you’re really cynical you’ll say it’s just apple fanboys buying whatever, if you think how I do it has just got the sheer amount and quality of apps that makes it great.
    And to anybody who randomly says it’s not competing with the iPad, maybe it’s not competing on the same market with it’s price, but amazon is sure as hell going to be competing with apple on sales!

  • TimMatrix

    I would not buy it if it does not have any memory expansion slots. 8Gb would never be considered enough, especially if it is in COLOUR (memory hungry) and video playback (also memory hungry).

    If it has some form of memory expansion slot, like SDHC cards, etc, then I would definitely be thinking of buying it.

 
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