Kindle Fire: tablet from Amazon only $199!
Amazon on Wednesday unveiled the Kindle Fire, the company’s first tablet computer and venture into a content market beyond its popular electronic-ink powered Kindle reading device.
Chief executive Jeff Bezos presented the device, which carries a 7-inch IPS display (clad in Gorilla Glass) and which very much resembles RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook, manufactured by Taiwan’s Quanta.
“Amazon Web Services, Amazon Prime, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Instant Video, our MP3 store, Appstore for Android – we asked ourselves, is there some way we can bring all of these things together into a remarkable product offering that customers would love?” he asked. “The answer is yes. It’s called Kindle Fire.”
As suspected, the device runs on a version of Google’s Android operating system, but looks little like existing Android tablets on the market. It has a dual-core processor.
The Kindle Fire will cost only $199. It will be available for pre-order from September already and ship Nov. 15.