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Amazon just unveiled the Kindle Fire tablet, making the rumors official. The Fire is a 7-inch Android tablet that will sell for only $199. That’s a lot cheaper than most Android tablets and way cheaper than Apple’s iPad. But what could have been sacrificed to achieve that price point? Apparently a lot. The Kindle Fire doesn’t have an embedded camera or a microphone an also doesn’t have 3G, although there’s Wi-Fi connectivity.
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The Amazon Fire will use a 7-inch IPS panel, a dual-core CPU and will weighs only 14.6 ounces. Amazon includes access to the Android Appstore, Kindle books, magazines, and what have you, which are all stored for free via Amazon Cloud Storage. And the popular Whispersync of the Kindle has been made to work with movies and TV shows. It comes with a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime that’s otherwise worth $79-a-year that covers streaming video and free two-day shipping.
As to the OS, Amazon is said to have used a polished Android and has come up with a fresh and easy-to-use interface and tied the Kindle Fire closely to Amazon’s content library of movies, magazines and music.
Amazon is position the Kindle Fire as a competitor of the iPad by using its dominance in e-commerce. Will the tablet be a hit? Only time will tell.
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|
|BatteryLife||Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off.Batterylife will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.|
|Charge Time||Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via includedU.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.|
|USBPort||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.|
|Warranty and Service||1-year limited warranty and service included.|
|Included in the Box||Kindle Fire device,U.S.power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.|