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Amazon Introduces Kindle Fire Tablet

Posted on September 29, 2011
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Amazon has unveiled its Android-powered tablet called the Kindle Fire, which is expected to dominate every tablet in the market except for the iPad. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos leads the demonstration just like how Steve Jobs does it with Apple. He stands tall on stage and gives a runthrough of the features that makes the Kindle Fire the iPad alternative that everybody wants.

The 7-inch tablet runs on an unspecified Android OS, but it is not obvious because of its custom-made UI. The device also features a unique web browsing experience called Amazon Silk, wherein the browser learns user behavior and caches frequently-visited pages for quicker load times. The cached contents are then offloaded to Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), which shrinks every file into manageable sizes.

Tech analysts compare the Kindle Fire to a iPod Touch. Although the Fire pales in comparison with the iPad in terms of hardware, it makes up for its weaknesses with a fresh interface, Amazon’s load of media offerings, and a $199 price tag. With that affordable price, do not expect the Fire to be packed with an embedded camera and microphone, as well as 3G connectivity.

What the Kindle Fire has, however, is a 7-inch IPS touch screen, Gorilla Glass coating, 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a weight of just 14.6 ounces. Users can access the Android Appstore (but not the Android Market), Kindle books, magazines, and other readables–all of which can be stored for free through the Amazon Cloud Storage.

Pre-orders have already begun in the United States, with shipments expected to head out on November 15. No word on when the Kindle Fire become available overseas.

Source: TechCrunch

 
 

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nice tablet, I want it now... gadget device
Ferizt on September 30, 2011 at 3:47 am
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