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Amazon Unveils New Kindle Fire Lineup: Faster, Longer Lasting, and Starting at $159!

Posted in News on 06/09/2012 by J. Glenn Künzler

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At a live event held today, Amazon announced an all-new lineup of Kindles (via The Verge) – and they seem to be targeted directly at Apple’s throat! The Kindle Fire line now starts at just $169, and aggressively beats Apple’s price points at every turn.

The most significant announcements include a new Kindle Fire HD, which boast a faster processor, twice as much RAM, and a longer battery life than the original model. The Kindle Fire HD comes in both 7-inch and 8.9-inch models, and starts at just $199, with 16GB of storage.

The 8.9-inch model costs $100 more, coming in at $299 , but that extra $100 gets you a lot – the 8.9-inch model includes a 1920 x 1200 IPS display with 254 pixels per inch, placing it on relatively equal ground with the new iPad’s Retina display, which comes in at 264 pixels per inch.

Other new additions to the Kindle Fire HD models include a front-facing camera, Bluetooth, and HDMI out. They’ve also improved the WiFi hardware on both models.

Amazon also announced a 4G LTE version of the Kindle Fire HD, which includes 32GB of built-in storage, and lets users sign up for 250MB per month of 4G data (and 20GB of cloud storage) for only $50 a year. That’s an incredible price for 4G data.

Along with the new Kindle Fire HD models, Amazon also boosted the specs of the original Kindle Fire, and has reduced the price to just $159, making it a pretty serious bargain for anyone looking to pick one up.

To make matters even better, Amazon has also improved their WhisperSync technology, which now also allows users to save their place in games and audiobooks as well as ebooks. In many ways, Amazon’s cloud service is now far superior to Apple’s iCloud. Apple needs to work on that.

To top it off, Amazon also revamped their traditional Kindle lineup, which now starts at just $69.99, and introduced the all-new Kindle Paperwhite. The Verge reports:

The name refers to its expected new screen technology for a sharper (212 ppi) and higher-contrast display, and also features a frontlight that brings parity with Barnes & Noble’s Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. The device is entirely controlled by touch — hardware page-turning switches are out, and so is the home button.

The Kindle Paperwhite starts at $119 for the WiFi-only version, and is also available with built-in 3G data for $179. The addition of a front-lit service is a pretty huge deal, in my opinion

For more details on all of Amazon’s announcements today, check out The Verge’s full, detailed coverage of the event, or head to Amazon’s website. Note: Amazon is still updating their website with the new products and pricing.



J. Glenn Künzler

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.