After today’s announcements I got to spend a little time playing with the new 7 inch Kindle Fire HD. Amazon has upped their game by releasing an updating Kindle Fire, and more importantly, two Kindle Fire HDs. Read on for my first impressions of the Kindle Fire HD.
If you were impressed by today’s Kindle announcements, then it’s time to place your order. Most are available starting September 14, with the Kindle Fire HD models coming a bit later on November 20. Why not pre-order, though?
Kindle Fire Family
Link: Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE (32GB for $499, 64GB for $599) – Available November 20
Link: Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ WiFi (16GB for $299, 32GB for $369) – Available November 20
Link: Kindle Fire HD 7″ WiFi (16GB for $199, 32GB for $249) – Available September 14
Link: Kindle Fire 2 WiFi (8GB for $159) – Available September 14
Link: Paperwhite 3G ($179) – Available October 1
Link: Paperwhite WiFi ($119) – Available October 1
Amazon finally posted all of the press images of the new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD, so we wanted to share. This will give you the cleanest looks of these new devices that you have seen yet. You can see the hefty bezel for easy handling, the HD camera front and center, and the slightly tweaked form factors between the three. (more…)
The new Kindle Fire still rocks a 7″ display, has a new faster processor, double the RAM, 40% faster performance, and longer battery life. It ships on September 14.
The Kindle Fire HD comes with either a 7″ or 8.9″ display with 254ppi, and a 1920×1200 resolution. It’s 8.8mm thick, runs an OMAP4 4470 processor, at least 16GB of storage, HD front facing camera, dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus sound, HDMI out, Bluetooth, and dual band WiFi.
The 7″ HD model with 16GB will be priced at $199 an ships September 14. The 8.9″ HD with 16GB will be priced at $299 and ships November 20. There will also be a 32GB version with 4G LTE connectivity (10 bands) for $499. The interesting part about this, is that they you can spend $50 for the year and get 250MB of data to use each month, plus 20GB of cloud storage and a $10 Appstore credit. As Ron so eloquently put it in the live blog, that’s “bonkers.”
On the software side of things, Amazon built in WhisperSync, which allows you to switch between reading a book and listening to it. It will save your spot, so that you can pick up where you left off. Same thing for games. Say you play 30 levels on one game and then switch devices. WhisperSync will pull from the Amazon Cloud which stores your game progress, so that you can continue playing without having to start over.
They also tossed in a custom Skype app and a custom Facebook app.
To follow all of the details as they come out, be sure to tune into our live blog.
The wild first week of September continues today, with Amazon up as the next tech giant to announce something big. We are expecting it to be a new Kindle Fire (or two), along with a new e-Reader and potentially, a phone. The phone part is completely a mystery and may not happen, but the new Kindle Fire is most definitely coming. After all, Amazon announced that they had sold out of the original, so they will need something to fill that void.
From what we can tell, there is no live stream of the event. Our man Ron is on the scene though, so we’ll have a live blog and as much coverage as we can bring you. Ready for the new Kindles? (more…)
According to multiple sources that spoke to The Verge, Amazon may unveil its first ever smartphone alongside its new Kindle Fire at an event tomorrow. Their sources claim that the smartphone will run a forked version of Android, similar to what the Kindle Fire runs, however, it may be based off of Ice Cream Sandwich this time around, rather than Gingerbread. “Forked” means that it won’t carry any of Google’s suite of apps, so in place of Google Maps for instance, Amazon will go with Nokia Maps. They are also claiming that this device is unfinished, so if it is on display tomorrow, Amazon may be short on details. (more…)
We are only 4 days into September and a number of the biggest tech companies in the world have announced press events where they are expected to announce their latest game changing products. Motorola is up tomorrow to finally unveil the RAZR HD and RAZR M, followed by Nokia and their first Windows 8 phones. Then Amazon will take the stage Thursday to show off the new Kindle Fire. Next week, Apple will drop the iPhone 5, with HTC showing off their new goodies on September 19. It should be the most exciting month of the year for tech enthusiasts. We get new Android, Apple, Amazon, and Windows products all at the same time. If you had been saving up for your next gadget buy, you are about to be overwhelmed with choices.
Which are you most looking forward to? Moto’s first HD phone on Verizon? HTC potentially announcing a 1080p phone? The new Kindle Fire that will go head-to-head with the Nexus 7? Or maybe Apple’s new i*hone?
You may be looking at the brand new Kindle Fire. According to a report out of The Verge, this is the device (or one of) that Amazon will unveil next Thursday. There aren’t many details to accompany the image above, but you can see that the custom Amazon skin is present and that a front camera is housed at the top. Other than those two things, the rest is a mystery.
It’s probably safe to assume that even if they do deliver both 7″ and 10″ tablets, that they’ll remain at reasonable price levels. Now that the original Kindle Fire is sold out, Amazon is going to have to fill the $199 space in the tablet industry that they created. The real question then becomes, “How much will they charge for a larger model?” Any guesses?
Via: The Verge