Amazon Announces Two New Kindles

Published on: 6th September, 2012 by Mark Haynes

Last updated on: 16th March, 2014

Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HD

It doesn’t seem too long ago Amazon announced it’s arrival into the tablet market with the Kindle Fire. Well today Amazon announced a further two tablets, Kindle Fire HD and an updated 7-inch Kindle Fire.  The KindleFire HD with a screen size 8.9-inch will hopefully help Amazon compete with Apple’s iPad while the 7-inch model will compete with smaller tablets. The 7-inch model will come with 16GB and sell for £159 ($199) while the 8.9-inch model will sell for $299 or $499 for the premium 32GB 4G model. The basic Kindle Fire will sell for £129 ($159) down from $199 and will ship from 25th October along with the HD models.

CEO Jeff Bezos said “We Haven’t built the best tablet at a certain price, we have built the best tablet at any price”.

Amazon also released a new e-reader known as Paperwhite. It features a higher resolution monochromatic display and a body that is “thinner than a magazine, lighter than a paperback”. Paperwhite will be priced at $119 or $179 with a 3G connection.

Rumours suggest Apple is creating a new smaller iPad designed to compete with the Kindle Fire and other 7-inch tablets. It looks like Amazon have pipped Apple to the release but it will be interesting to see the number of sales.

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