Added by Erik West on September 28, 2011
Amazon Inc revealed the eagerly awaited Kindle Fire, its newest tablet device on Wednesday.
The new Kindle Fire, priced at US$199, may impact sales of other tablet devices, like Apple’s iPad, and e-readers like Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader.
Analysts say that the Kindle Fire’s price and features could make it attractive to buyers that don’t already have a tablet device. Analysts are reported to expect Amazon to sell about 3m Kindle Fire devices during the 2011 holiday season, potentially making it the second-most popular tablet on the market, behind Apple’s iPad.
The Kindle Fire features a 7 inch Vibrant Color IPS screen, 8Gb of memory (enough to store 6,000 books and 80 apps), multi-touch interface, Wi-Fi connectivity, and an eight hour battery life when used for continuos reading.
The Kindle Fire also features a new browser called Amazon Silk that’s coupled with Amazon’s EC2 compute service to provide a faster and more consistent browsing experience for its users.
The Kindle Fire is the fifth device in the under Amazon’s Kindle brand. Amazon announced a price drop for it’s Kindle to US$79 and announced two touch Kindles: the Kindle Touch (US$99) and Kindle Touch 3G (US$199).
The Kindle Fire is expected to start shipping November 15.