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Friday, September 30, 2011

Amazon Launches Four New Kindles[PICS + SPECS + VIDEOS]

After a year of Rumors and a website redesign , Amazon unveiled a new line of its Kindle Products yesterday. There's a New Generation Kindle,  Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G and Kindle Fire: Amazon's Android Tablet. Amazon has made its devices really cheap, so they're affordable and can take on Barnes and Noble's Nook and the Kindle Fire can take on the iPad(or at least other Android Tablets). We'll take a look at each of the Kindles one after the other after the jump. As well as their Specs, Pictures[Click to Enlarge] and Videos.

New Generation Kindle

This is an all new, 6-inch E-Reader missing the original kindle Keyboard. Amazon has taken out the Keyboard and replaced it with 5 navigation buttons. The new Kindle comes with Wi-Fi, 2GB internal storage or 1,400 books, a USB 2.0 port and this one weighs 30% less than the original. Amazon has improved on its e-ink display so this Kindle renders books like a paper.Battery life on this device will last for a month without recharge. It costs $79 and is currently available for pre-order. Shipment begins on November 21st.

Kindle Touch


The Kindle Touch is exactly like the new Kindle except it has a touchscreen in addition and misses the navigation button. It also has speakers and an audio jack so you can listen to music and books via Amazon's speech-to-text capability. It's hard drive is 4GB large so you can hold up to 3,000 book. The battery has a longer life too. It'll last for up to 2 months without recharge. Price is $99, Shipment also begins November 21st.

Kindle Touch 3G

Specs are the same above. The Kindle Touch 3G weighs about 7.8 ounces, slightly heavier than the Kindle Touch. It also comes with Wi-Fi and Amazon's Free 3G services that works in over 100 countries of the world. The price is at $149.

Kindle Fire


The Kindle Fire is Amazon's first entry into the tablet market. The Fire is a 7-inch device, packed with the unbreakable Gorilla Glass on its touchscreen, 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, Wi-fi and 8GB of internal storage. You'll also get a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime service. The kindle runs on a modified version of Android so this is not your 'pure Google' Android or one of the UIs we see with Android manufacturers these days.

This is a whole new different Android missing all of the Google products that come with it as Amazon wants to be your only content supplier on this device. The Kindle Fire is tied to the Amazon Bookstore, Music store and even their very own AppStore. he Kindle also has its own 'Amazon Silk' browser. Amazon Silk will bring users to speed based on location, internet connection speed and Amazon's EC2 server. Battery life is about 8 hours and 7.5 hours on video playback. Weighing 14.6 ounces, this device will cost $199 and will begin shipping on November 15th.

All the new Kindles are equipped with Amazon's buy once, read everywhere and Whispersync. Once you purchase content from Amazon, you can read it on any of the Kindles as well as on the Amazon apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Mac and PC. Whispersync also syncs your bookmarks, notes and highlights to the cloud so you don't lose notes and you don't forget where you stopped reading.

Amazon seems to have gotten the new e-ink Kindles and the Kindle Fire right. By tying the Kindle Fire to its content and dropping its price, Amazon is giving other Android manufacturers a run for their money. Barnes and Noble's Nook is also in direct competition as the basic kindle now costs $79.

What do you think about Amazon's new lineup of devices? Leave us a comment