Amazon has launched the Kindle Fire, setting the smallest version with a price tag of just under $200. This massively undercuts their main competitor Apple by upwards of $300. Unfortunately though, if you’re in the UK and reading this, I’m afraid it’s not available yet, though Amazon have just made available a new slim version of their Kindle book reader.
While the Fire doesn’t come packing cameras, a microphone (who’s using a tablet as a phone anyway?) or 3 G access to help keep the price down, it does have WiFi and a 7″ IPS display with a 1024×600 resolution. On top of this Amazon are also giving new buyers a 30 day trial of Amazon prime, something that costs around $80 per year normally.
The storage capacity of the tablet is 8Gb, though any ebooks bought will be stored on Amazon’s cloud platform, increasing your storage by quite a large margin.
“Kindle Fire brings together all of the things we’ve been working on at Amazon for over 15 years into a single, fully-integrated service for customers,” said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. “With Kindle Fire, you have instant access to all the content, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, the convenience of Amazon Whispersync, our revolutionary cloud-accelerated web browser, the speed and power of a state-of-the-art dual-core processor, a vibrant touch display with 16 million colors in high resolution, and a light 14.6 ounce design that’s easy to hold with one hand – all for only $199. We’re offering premium products, and we’re doing it at non-premium prices.”