$199 Kindle Fire – $199 Kindle Tablet available now

The $199 Kindle Fire is available now for preorder. It will be released on November 15th, 2011. Given the $199 price it’s likely to sell out – so worth preordering now.

The page linked to above has all the details.

  1. 7″ multi-touch (two fingers at once) display. IPS (in-place switching). 1024 by 600 pixel resolution. 169 ppi.
  2. 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).
  3. 8 GB memory in-built.
  4. Free Cloud Storage.
  5. WhisperSync for Movies.
  6. Free Month of Prime.
  7. Gorilla Glass display.

More at the Kindle Fire product page.

Notes from the Kindle Fire Conference

Setting things up for Kindle Fire

Now Jeff Bezos is talking about Amazon’s streaming services and seems to be setting up the Kindle Tablet. He’s talking about Prime Instant Video – which you get free with Prime.

Talking about Amazon Web Services – seems there will be some link between Kindle Fire and the Amazon Cloud. With the $79 Kindle there’s the promise of free Cloud storage. With the $199 Kindle Tablet there might be more.

Now talking about how to bring together Prime, AWS, Video, MP3, App Store. Mentions the Kindle Fire. So, the awkward name is reality.

  1. 7″ IPS display. Full-color.
  2. Dual Core Processor.
  3. 14.6 ounces in weight. Easy to Hold.
  4. Everything is backed up to the Cloud. That’s a bit much – guess with WiFi the costs for Amazon are much lower.
  5. WhisperSync works with movies and TV Shows.
  6. Heavily-customized interface – nothing like Android. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Of course, if you love openness then you won’t like it. The interface looks quite good.
  7. Gorilla Glass and 169 dpi for the screen.
  8. Supports Multi-tasking. In particular, Mr. Bezos demonstrates background music.
  9. This is a big one. Using the power of EC2 (Amazon Web Services related) to accelerate web browsing. Amazon Silk. It renders content in the cloud – dynamic split browsing which lets you do things locally or in the cloud. The product naming team at Amazon is on a roll – Kindle Fire, Amazon Silk, Dynamic Split Browsing.
  10. All in all this feature might end up being far more useful than any of the others. It’ll make browsing on Kindle Fire very smooth and quite a bit faster.
  11. Setting up the price – $199 Kindle Fire. Mr. Bezos says ‘Amazon has premium products at non-premium prices’.
  12. Corniest part by far – From Kindle, Fire is born.

Thanks to the Kindle Tablet Live Blog at Engadget and the Kindle Fire Tablet Live Blog at Technologizer.

Again, the $199 Kindle Fire is available to preorder at Amazon.

Kindle Fire Kindle Tablet

Kindle Fire is the name for the new Kindle Tablet. Kindle Fire supposedly distinguishes it from the plain old Kindle.

Whatever you might think of ‘Kindle Fire’ as a name, Amazon deserves major kudos for choosing a short name.

Full details at the Kindle Fire Kindle Tablet post.

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Thanks to TechCrunch who revealed this huge Kindle Fire scoop (tomorrow’s huge scoop is what the name of the cover for the Kindle Tablet will be – and no, it’s not Kindle Fire Extinguisher).

Kindle Fire shall be –

  1. Ready to ship in the second week of November. This again suggests that Kindle Fire is trying to steal the Nook Color 2’s thunder and acclaim. Why announce Kindle Fire an entire 7 weeks before ship date?
  2. Kindle Fire will be a 7″ backlit Tablet.
  3. It’s manufactured by Quanta – the same company that designed the PlayBook from BlackBerry (which isn’t exactly good news).
  4. Kindle Fire has a custom version of Android. Which is supposedly built on Android 2.1.
  5. It comes with lots and lots of magazines.
  6. There are strong rumors that there will be a free membership to Amazon’s Prime Movie Streaming Service (not clear whether Prime shipping will be included or not).
  7. Amazon signed a deal with Fox for movies and TV shows this past weekend and that means shows like Arrested Development will be available.
  8. Kindle Fire has a Texas Instruments dual-core OMAP chip.

Overall, it seems almost certain that Amazon will reveal the Kindle Fire Kindle Tablet on Wednesday and that it will go head to head against Nook Color 2.

Kindle Fire vs Nook Color 2

What do we know so far?

Kindle Tablet is called Kindle Fire. Nook Color 2 is code-named Encore and Acclaim (there are supposedly two models – thanks to Nate at The Digital Reader for the scoop). The lower end model with be $249 and the higher end model will be $349.

Kindle Fire will probably compete directly with the $249 lower-end Nook Color 2.

Both will have 7″ screens. Both will retail at $249.

Kindle Fire supposedly doesn’t have an email client. Nook Color 2 will have an in-built email client (Nook Color 1 does, and B&N aren’t likely to remove it).

Kindle Fire arrives in mid November. Nook Color 2 arrives in mid October. Both of these are rumored dates.

The $349 Nook Color 2 might be a gaming Tablet and it might be the same one GameStop (a spin-off from B&N) is testing.

Side Note: No news on Kindle 4. B&N is, supposedly, also releasing a new eInk based eReader.

Kindle Fire or Nook Color 2 – Which looks more promising?

It’s really hard to say.

Nook Color 2 is a second generation device. It also has a higher end model that might be anything – higher screen resolution, more power, a different focus than reading.

Kindle Fire might come with a free Prime account and that would mean free 2-day delivery from Amazon. At the minimum it will come with free streaming video service from Amazon.

It seems that Amazon might release a Tablet that is more of a connection to Amazon.com and to Amazon’s services like Kindle Store and MP3 Store. B&N might go with a $249 model that continues the Nook Color 1 tradition of being a Reading Tablet.

The wild card is the $349 Nook Color 2. Will B&N be bold enough to create a general purpose Tablet? I think it will.

Kindle Fire vs Nook Color 2 might be just one part of what happens this holiday season. B&N, with its $349 higher end Nook Color 2 model, promises to make things far more interesting than just a battle of Reading Tablets.

Kindle Tablet or Kindle 4 Press Conference on Sep 28th

Amazon just sent out an invite (via email) for what promises to be a Kindle Tablet or Kindle 4 Press conference –

Note: You can find Kindle 3 here.

  1. Wednesday, September 28th. 
  2. At 10 am.
  3. In New York City. Interesting choice of city. 
  4. It’s run by The Outcast Agency. 
  5. It’s billed as ‘An Amazon.com Press Conference’.

Update: Here’s an image from the Email.

Kindle Tablet is probably going to be announced
Kindle Tablet Cometh


Why not just call it a Kindle Tablet Conference?

This is very, very interesting. It’s almost certainly an announcement of the Kindle Tablet. Wish it also includes a Kindle 4 announcement.

It’s almost certainly designed to steal the thunder from the Nook Color 2 announcement. The timing (Nook Color 2 is rumored to launch in end September/early October) suggests that Kindle Tablet is aimed at the Nook Color and not the iPad 2.