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In addition to Kindle Fire, Amazon is also offering three other Kindles: the regular Kindle, priced at $79; Kindle Touch Wi-Fi, $99; and Kindle Touch 3G, $149.
The tablet boasts a 7-inch in-plane switching display, a dual core processor, a 512 MB RAM, and an internal memory of 8GB. It weighs 14.6 ounces and has Wi-Fi connectivity.
The device does not have an embedded camera or microphone; nor does it support 3G. The lack of these features helped Amazon keep Kindle Fire’s price so low.
The device runs on a modified version of Google’s Android operating system, but the user interface looks completely different from the other Android tablet versions.
KindleFire runs a new browser called Silk, by Amazon. It is claimed to run faster than conventional browsers because most of its background work is performed on the Amazon EC2 cloud. Amazon calls this the “split browser” architecture.
Jeff Bezos in his speech explained the vision for such a tablet, saying, ”Amazon Kindle, Amazon Web services, Amazon Prime, Appstore for Android, Amazon Instant Video, MP3 store – we wanted to bring all these services into a single product offering that customers would love. And that product is Kindle Fire.”
With the tablet, the Kindle Fire owner will get access to a wide array of products Amazon offers. This includes movies, TV shows, songs, e-books, e-zines, and applications.
It extends the use of Whispersync to synchronize not only e-book reading but also streaming videos.
Amazon is offering to store all the content on the cloud for free, hence the low internal memory on the device. The company is also offering free membership to Amazon Prime for a month.
Amazon has built a device that will let it sell more products from its virtual store. The device seamlessly integrates with the Amazon Web site and locks in users to buy new products from Amazon. Also, the use of added multimedia services will benefit Amazon more.
Now you will not wonder why they have priced it so low. Android will eventually gain with a successful Kindle Fire tablet, which will increase its market share though it spells trouble for Honeycomb as the device runs on a lesser version of Android.
Amazon's aggressive pricing also means trouble for other Android tablet makers as they will have to seriously think on price if they want to stay – let alone compete – in the tablet market. This goes for Barnes & Noble, too, who is set to launch Nook Color-2 before the holiday season starts.
Kindle Fire is not an iPad killer as many had speculated. Amazon has now created two categories in tablet market – one for the low-priced tablets and another for the high-end ones – where Amazon and Apple can both share the pie equally.
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