Amazon announces slew of new Kindle tablets

At a live event today, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced new products at at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

Bezos unveiled the Kindle Paperwhite, a smaller, thinner Kindle Touch which will retail for $119, with 3G, it’s $179. Pre-orders begin today and the product ships on October 1.

The current Kindle Touch will remain on the market with a $10 price decrease from $79 to $69. It ships September 14th.

The Kindle Fire, with double the current RAM and claimed to be 40% faster with longer battery life gets a $40 price cut from $199 to $159. It also ships on September 14th.

Bezos then announced the “Kindle Fire HD” in two sizes:

• 8.9-inch (1920 x 1200, IPS, 254 ppi) display (iPad’s Retina Display is 9.7-inch IPS @ 2048 x 1536, 264 ppi) with dual stereo speakers (the first tablet with Dolby Digital Plus) and dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi with dual antennas. 8.8mm thick. (iPad with Retina display is 9.4 mm thick.) HD front-facing camera. with “Kindle FreeTime,” multi-user support (think kids) with time limits that can be set for various functions (TV, apps, etc.) HDMI out. Bluetooth.
– 16GB Wi-Fi-only – $299
– 32 GB with 4G LTE – $499 (Users get 250MB per month data, 20GB of Amazon cloud storage, and a $10 app store credit for US$49.99 per year)

• 7-inch, dual stereo speakers (the first tablet with Dolby Digital Plus) and dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi with dual antennas. HD front-facing camera. Multi-user support with time limits that can be set for various functions (TV, apps, etc.) HDMI out. Bluetooth.
– 16 GB – $199

8.9-in Kindle Fire HD ships on November 20th. 7-inch Kindle Fire HD ships September 14th.

MacDailyNews Take: Mr. Cook, the ball’s in your court.

46 Comments

    1. Hey, don’t knock it. There are rabid fans of Kindles… and most of them are readers. And I’m not talking about reading comments on MDN. These look like they’re great devices.

      1. Yes, I know a few. They like their Kindle for reading e-books. I have had all three iPads and while they are good for reading I’ll have to admit the Kindle is better. But that’s as far as it goes. Of course that’s all they are really supposed to be is a reader.

    2. With all these new Kindles and I am sure other tablets coming out, wouldn’t it be funny if Apple DID NOT come out with a smaller tablet and Amazon went broke because of selling all this stuff below cost??

      Yea, we lose money on every sale….. But we make it up on volume… LOL

      Just a thought

      1. You laugh, but look at Amazon’s share price with a P/E of 307, so it must have a lot of suckers fooled. Apparently Amazon makes Wall Street happy despite all the money it is losing. Apple is making plenty of money, but Wall Street appears rather unsatisfied about Apple’s steady cashflow. There’s something fishy about how Wall Street and investors value companies.

        Amazon appears ready to bring the tablet fight directly to Apple despite how foolish or futile it seems. The media loves Amazon’s cockiness. Seriously, Apple really needs to deliver a knockout blow to Amazon’s game sooner than later.

  1. Amazon announces, in conjunction with the DOJ their newest scheme to sell everything at a loss to monopolize the publishing industry.
    “We feel our money losing, monopolistic strategy is sound, having been endorsed by the DOJ and Wall Street who has us valued at a ridiculous PE ratio. Can you believe those dipshits?, I mean come on…”

  2. … answers to … someone’s? … prayers. And I’m sure they are better than the previous models. And I’m POSITIVE we will get reports of improved sales!
    None of which says they will gain significant market share against the iPad. Or that any iPad owners will be sold on them.

        1. The current gen Kindle Fire does not have ads on the lock screen…

          The only Kindles with ads on the lock screen are the e-reader Kindles that have the “Special Offers” (which is $20 less than the versions without them).

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