In a move to challenge the market leader iPad, Amazon released new models of its Kindle Fire Tablet, including a bigger version with hi-definition display. The upgrades as well as the newly launched Fire models will be releasing in Europe later this year, outside the US. Precisely, it will be released first to five European countries — Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain
Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos added, “Kindle Fire HD is not just the most advanced hardware, it is also a service. We hope that people will agree that Kindle Fire is the best high end tablet anywhere, at any price.” Jeff Bezos also promises that Kindle Fire models have upgraded WiFi specs and fastest processor which means they will work faster than the latest version of the iPad.
Here are the three versions of Amazon Kindle with features and pricing :
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9/4G – This has a 1.5Ghz processor and has an amazing 8.9 inch screen with HD LCD at 1920 x1200. It has dual-band WIFI and 4G connectivity. There is a front facing HD camera. The storage is 16GB or 32 GB Wi-Fi version or 32GB or 64GB 4G. Kindle HD 8.9/4G weighs 567 grams with a battery life of 11 hours. The price of Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is between $299 and $499 (the same price as the basic iPad). The model will be on sale in US on November 20
Jeff Bezos said that there is a reason why they offer Kindle tablets a cheaper cost compared to its main competitors. He says that Amazon wants to make money through its content rather than its devices. “We want to make money when they use our devices, not when they buy our devices,” he told reporters gathered for a press conference.
Prior to announcing the Kindle Fire HD tablets, Bezos unveiled a new Kindle e-reader with ‘paper white’ display. This one has a battery life of eight weeks with the backlight on and will start shipping from October 1, 2012. The price of the paperwhite Kindle is $119 and the 3G mobile version will cost $179. The Basic Kindle e-reader will have a new version which will be available at a reduced cost from $79 to $69.