Amazon Debuts New Fire Tablets, Kindle e-Readers

Deciding to leave the media-event product launches to its competitors, Amazon on Wednesday announced a new operating system to accompany a new line-up of tablets and e-readers with a handful of press releases. Despite its subtle approach, the online retailerEUs devices are making a big splash.

The lineup includes two new e-readers and three new tablets. To run them all, Amazon is also launching a new version of its Fire operating system for mobile devices, called Sangria. The new products range in price from the $79 black-and-white Kindle e-Reader, now featuring a touchscreen, to the high-end $379 Fire HDX 8.9, sporting a quad-core 2.5GHz processor and Dolby Sound.

Hold Your Fire

The Fire HDX is aimed squarely at the high-end market, with Amazon highlighting its form factor, performance, and battery life. The FireEUs frame is made from a single piece of machined magnesium with a blend of glass and nylon molded onto the unibody to create openings for the antennas to maximize signal strength. Weighing in at 13.2 ounces, the Fire is significantly lighter than the one-pound iPad Air, while its 8.9-inch display makes it larger than the iPad mini but still smaller than the iPad Air.

The new tablet should also make for an excellent media device. Amazon is promising 339pi pixel density, sound that is twice as loud as the iPad Air, and a faster graphics engine to help support high-end gaming.

The company is also promoting its EUAdvanced Streaming and PredictionEU technology that predicts which movies and TV episodes you will want to watch and buffers them for playback to speed the video launch. The device will also come with a microUSB port so it can be connected to a TV, monitor, or projector.

In addition to its top-line model, Amazon is also introducing the new Fire...

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Amazon Debuts New Fire Tablets, Kindle e-Readers

Deciding to leave the media-event product launches to its competitors, Amazon on Wednesday announced a new operating system to accompany a new line-up of tablets and e-readers with a handful of press releases. Despite its subtle approach, the online retailerEUs devices are making a big splash.

The lineup includes two new e-readers and three new tablets. To run them all, Amazon is also launching a new version of its Fire operating system for mobile devices, called Sangria. The new products range in price from the $79 black-and-white Kindle e-Reader, now featuring a touchscreen, to the high-end $379 Fire HDX 8.9, sporting a quad-core 2.5GHz processor and Dolby Sound.

Hold Your Fire

The Fire HDX is aimed squarely at the high-end market, with Amazon highlighting its form factor, performance, and battery life. The FireEUs frame is made from a single piece of machined magnesium with a blend of glass and nylon molded onto the unibody to create openings for the antennas to maximize signal strength. Weighing in at 13.2 ounces, the Fire is significantly lighter than the one-pound iPad Air, while its 8.9-inch display makes it larger than the iPad mini but still smaller than the iPad Air.

The new tablet should also make for an excellent media device. Amazon is promising 339pi pixel density, sound that is twice as loud as the iPad Air, and a faster graphics engine to help support high-end gaming.

The company is also promoting its EUAdvanced Streaming and PredictionEU technology that predicts which movies and TV episodes you will want to watch and buffers them for playback to speed the video launch. The device will also come with a microUSB port so it can be connected to a TV, monitor, or projector.

In addition to its top-line model, Amazon is also introducing the new Fire...

Comments are closed.