Amazon launches next-generation Kindle

Tablet device features touchscreen, runs on Android OS

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Amazon launches next-generation Kindle Amazon;s new Kindle tablet device, the Kindle Fire, will retail at $199.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  September 29, 2011

Amazon’s new Kindle, called the Fire features a 7-inch touchscreen, free data storage over the internet and a new browser called Amazon Silk.

The device, which many analysts are calling a rival to the iPad, will cost $199, which is much less than the cheapest iPad at $499.

The new Kindle is expected to be available to consumers in early November, in time for the holiday season rush.

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos unveiled the Kindle Fire tablet at an event in New York.

The tablet device will run a version of Google's Android operating system and look similar to BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet.

However, the Kindle Fire has no camera and no mobile internet access, unlike the iPad and the Amazon device's screen is smaller than the iPad's 9.7-inch interface.

According to Gartner, the iPad will account for 68.7% of the 69.7 million tablets sold this year.

Amazon will be selling its tablet at a loss, but will make money off the content sold for the new Kindle device, such as books, movies and games.

2480 days ago
Vinod Mehra

Amazon foray into the Tablet domain is a genuine threat to Apple dominance. With content to band on and giving hardware as the free access device is a perfect strategy aligned with vision of digital world.

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