Today Amazon introduced the brand new Kindle Fire tablet, which uses the Android operating system. This device is squarely targeted at the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple’s iPad. But the big news is the price point. $199!
Amazon is betting that the sub $200 price point, combined with their ability to bring a LOT of attention to a new Kindle, will sell the millions of units they say are in production. Having said that, my guess is that they will definitely sell out of Kindle Fire units before the holidays so you should head over and order one (or more) NOW before they are gone. Amazon says they will ship on November 15, 2011.
Here’s the link to pre-order one: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi
The Kindle Fire features a 7″ touchscreen with a Dual-core processor, WiFi, battery life equivalent to 8 hours continuous reading or 7.5 hours
video playback, and 8GB internal storage plus unlimited storage on Amazon’s cloud for any content you purchase from them.
Amazon Kindle Fire Specifications
|Display||7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.|
|Size (in inches)||7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).|
|Weight||14.6 ounces (413 grams).|
|System Requirements||None, because it’s wireless and doesn’t require a computer.|
|On-device Storage||8GB internal. That’s enough for 80 apps, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.|
|Cloud Storage||Free cloud storage for all Amazon content|
|Battery Life||Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.|
|Charge Time||Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.|
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.|
|USB Port||USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)|
|Audio||3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.|
|Content Formats Supported||Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.|
|Documentation||Quick Start Guide(included in box); Kindle User’s Guide (pre-installed on device)|
|Included in the Box||Kindle Fire tablet, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.|
Amazon Kindle Fire Web Browser
The Kindle Fire will also employ a new cloud computing accelerated Web browser which is supposed to be MUCH faster than any other tablet. Here’s how they did it:
Pre-Order the Kindle Fire NOW!
So, what are you waiting for? Go order one now! I just ordered 5 myself! 🙂
UPDATE: I’m giving one away! Here are all the details.