Is the Kindle Fire hot?
Lots of eyes and ears in San Francisco and around the nation have been expectantly waiting for the arrival of the Amazon tablet and it seemed to some, it would never make its appearance. But today, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, unveiled the Kindle Fire. At an astounding price of $199, the Kindle tablet may become the hottest selling tablet this year.
The Amazon tablet runs an older version of Android OS (pre 2.2) and has been customized to Amazon standards. The Kindle Fire is no slouch in features:
- Dual-core processor
- Custom Amazon Silk cloud-based browser
- 8-hours of battery life
- One micro USB port
- 8GB storage
- 7-inch full-color ulti-touch display at 1024×600 resolution
Watch out, Nook and iPad
The $199 price point for the Amazon Kindle Fire is aimed at the Barnes and Noble Color Nook e-reader which sells at $250. The inexpensive Kindle Fire will most likely take a good portion of sales away from the popular Nook. Get ready for some price drops on the Barnes and Noble e-readers..
Many have theorized that Amazon’s tablet would be in direct competition against Apple’s iPad, and it appears that the attractively low price for the Kindle Fire will do exactly that and offer an inexpensive color e-reader with the added features of surfing the web, streaming videos, and listening to music without a heavy price tag.
Jeff Bezos summed it all up when he stated at today’s news conference in New York that this item was another example of:
“Premium products at non-premium prices.”
Anyone care to guess what product he may be referring to?
Setting the tablet world on fire
The big surprise for many is the low price point; many industry watchers were predicting a retail launch price of $250-$299. But according to Kindle Fire specs, it looks to be an amazingly full-featured tablet in its own right with a great price to match.
A bad dream come true for Apple
The Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon may be the nightmare that Apple has been having since the rumors began about Amazon entering the tablet market. Executives at Apple woke up this morning and found out that the dream has become a reality.
When can you get one?
The Kindle Fire will be shipping on November 15. Amazon are taking preorders for the unit immediately.
Source: Amazon.com, Technology Live
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