In a breakthrough move for e-reader pricing, Amazon has just unveiled all new Kindles with the base reader starting at only $79. Read on for info on the other models, including the $199 Kindle Fire!
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the new models at today’s Amazon media event. The traditional Kindle models are listed below and available to order now from Amazon.
Kindle $79 (shipping now!)
Kindle touch $99 (preorder)
Kindle Touch 3G $149 (preorder)
In addition Bezos announced the Kindle Fire, a colour touch based tablet with a 7inch IPS screen and a dual core processor running a highly customized version of Android.
The Kindle Fire will cost $199 making it extremely competitive, however to reach this price point it lacks a camera as well as 3G.
It features a hub for integrating Amazon Kindle, Prime, Instant Video, MP3, Appstore, and Web Services offerings on a single platform. All of this content will be backed up to Amazon’s cloud service via WiFi using what Amazon calls Whispersync. This works across devices for movies, books, TV shows allowing you to resume and pick up where you left off across devices.
The included web browser is what called Amazon Silk and can remotely render using Amazon’s servers for faster processing. From Amazon.com:
“Kindle Fire has a radical new web browser called Amazon Silk. When you use Silk – without thinking about it or doing anything explicit – you’re calling on the raw computational horsepower of Amazon EC2 to accelerate your web browsing.”
The base model kindle ships today while all other models will begin shipping in November.