Posted by: Brett
At a press event today in Los Angeles, Amazon announced two new additions to their Kindle lineup, The Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Paperwhite, the former coming in three variations.
The Kindle Fire HD is the successor to the original Kindle announced last year. It comes in three versions – a 7-inch model, an 8.9 inch model, and an 8.9 inch model with 4G LTE. All three have a dual-core processor (1.2 GHz on the 7-inch, 1.5 GHz on the 8.9 inch), 1GB of RAM, Dolby audio, HD displays, and dual-band WiFi. They also have a front facing camera for video calling. The 7-incher will offer 11 hours of battery life. Amazon has also refreshed the original Fire and has given it faster performance, twice the memory (now 8GB), and longer battery life.
The 4G LTE model is compatible with a data package created by Amazon which offers 250 MB of data month, 20 GB of additional Cloud Drive storage, and $10 Amazon Appstore credit, all for $50 a year.
There’s also the Kindle Paperwhite model has a 6-inch display, eight weeks (yes, weeks) of battery life, a sharp, high contrast, front-lit display, for a great reading experience in any type of lighting condition. It’s only 7.5 ounces and is touted as being “thinner than a magazine, [and] lighter than a paperback”. The Paperwhite also comes in a 3G version.
Here’s how Amazon is setting the pricing and availability for the new models announced today:
Kindle Fire HD with 4G (8.9″): $499 for 32GB and $599 for 64GB, available November 20th. Preorders begin today at www.amazon.com/kindlefirehd4G.
Kindle Fire HD, WiFi only (8.9″): $299 for 16GB and $369 for 32GB, available November 20th. Preorders begin today at www.amazon.com/kindlefirehd.
Kindle Fire HD, WiFi only (7″): $199 for 16GB and $249 for 32GB, available September 14th. Preorders begin today at www.amazon.com/kindlefirehd7.
Kindle Fire 2, WiFi only (7″): $159 for 8GB, available September 14th. Preorders begin today at www.amazon.com/kindlefire.
Kindle Paperwhite with 3G (6″): $179 for 2GB with special offers, $199 without special offers, available October 1st. Preorders start today at www.amazon.com/kindlepaperwhite3G.
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi only (6″): $119 for 2GB with special offers, $139 without special offers, available October 1st. Preorders begin today at www.amazon.com/kindlepaperwhite.
Finally, Amazon is offering to regular Kindle, which as a 6-inch display and 2GB of storage, for just $69. It begins shipping today at www.amazon.com/kindle.