Amazon surprised, and confused, the tech world last night with 3 brand-new Kindle’s; ranging from an all-new Paperwhite E-reader to the new Kindle Fire HD.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced a trifecta of devices that will see the online retailer go toe-to-toe with Apple and their iPad this Christmas. There’s a new Kindle Fire HD which comes in both 8.9-inch and 7-inch variants, an improved re-release of the original Kindle Fire and a all-new Paperwhite E-reader.
The first product to be unveiled yesterday was the new Kindle Paperwhite. The new and improved E-reader boasts a new and improved screen which has 62 percent more pixels and thanks to the new screen it is capable of 25 percent more contrast than its predecessor. The Kindle Paperwhite still keeps an impressive battery life when using the front light technology and can last up to 8 weeks from a single charge.
New software features designed to enhance the reading experience include “Time to Read,” which gives you estimates of how long it’ll take you to finish a book, or the chapter you’re on, and X-Ray, which helps you learn more about the characters in a book. You can also purchase books directly from author biography pages now.
The base model of the Paperwhite is price at £119; and the 3G version priced at $179. Amazon has dropped the current price of the original Kindle from $79 to $69, which has seen improvements in fonts and will begin shipping September 14.
The main tablet announcement was the company’s new Kindle Fire HD. It’s brand-new tablet that comes in two sizes: 7-inch and 8.9-inches (US only). The power plant is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor which is coupled with the Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics chip, both of which should make the Fire HD a nimble game player. Two storage versions will be available for each screen size: 16GB and 32GB.
The 8.9-inch version of the Fire HD has an much improved screen boasting a resolution of 1900 x 1200 capable of 1080p viewing. There’s a front-facing camera, dual Wi-Fi antennas and Dolby Surround sound. There will be a premium verison which will come with 4G support. It’s not expected to ship until November 20 and, crucially, is will only be available state-side.
There’s the 7-inch HD version, too, which shares the same specs, but has a 7-inch 1200 x 800 720p screen and will be coming to the UK alongside a reboot of the original Kindle Fire.
The original Kindle Fire has seen some improvements with more memory and RAM, but still only has a paltry screen resolution of 1024 x 600.
The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD with 16GB of storage will cost £159 in the UK, and the lower-end Kindle Fire £129. Both will be available for delivery from 25 October.