Eyeson the Kindle Fire and three new Kindle readers

first_imgHaving attended Amazon’s NYC event today I had a chance to get up close and personal with the new Kindles. Amazon wasn’t letting anyone go hands-on with the Kindle Fire, but we got to see it in action, in addition to seeing the Kindle Touch models get demoed. Below there is a full gallery of the most exciting of the bunch, the Kindle Fire tablet, and above that is a video of Jeff Bezos announcing it.In addition to the Kindle Fire, three new E Ink Kindles were announced. Two of these have touch and the last is the $79 Kindle with Special Offers. These were exciting enough on their own, but they didn’t get close to the buzz around the Fire, with its use of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Amazon’s Silk browser, and 7-inch (full color) IPS display.While we couldn’t use the Fire, we do know that it’s quite thin, has a single microUSB port, has no expandable storage, has 8GB of on-board storage, and has a 1024×600 display. It’s powered by a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor. Interestingly, it does not have 3G, GPS, or any cameras. We won’t know the real battery life for some time, but Amazon estimates it to be 8 hours.The only hardware note that you can’t take from the pictures is that there is a soft-touch, (rubbery) back coating.As for new Kindles, they are very much an evolution of the Kindle design. They are, on the whole, smaller, lighter and faster than previous models, and two of them (finally) have touch-sensitive screens. In the video above you can see the Kindle Touch being typed on. The models don’t look particularly different from what we’ve already seen, though they do pack some cool features, like Kindle X-Ray. This loads Kindle books with background information, such as Wikipedia pages for certain key terms. So when you want to look something up you don’t need a 3G connection or WiFi to get the information.The touch-sensitive Kindles understand swipes and taps and have target zones for commands like “next page”. There is an on-screen keyboard that seems reasonably responsive and like a much better option (or at least a more efficient one) than a hardware keyboard.The Kindles start at $79 for the non-touch Kindle with Special Offers (advertising). The ad-free version of this will sell for $109. The Kindle Touch WiFi is $99, or $139 without Special Offers. The Kindle Touch 3G is $149 and $189 without the Special Offers package.The Touch Kindles will be available on November 21st.Kindle Fire (home angle 1)Kindle Fire (home angle 1)Kindle Fire (hand)Amazon Kindle FireAmazon Kindle FireAmazon Kindle FireAmazon Kindle FireAmazon Kindle FireAmazon Kindle FireAmazon Kindle FireAmazon Kindle FireAmazon Kindle FireAmazon Kindle FireAmazon Kindle FireAmazon Kindle FireAmazon Kindle FireAmazon Kindle Firelast_img read more