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Amazon Kindle Fire Price and Specifications Revealed

By Swapnil Kale / October 2, 2011 / Tablets

Of course you know about the new Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon, yes we did no cover it on Gigjets during its launch. So, Amazon finally announced it’s much anticipated tablet device which sports a 7-inch display and runs the famous Android mobile operating system, however it has a completely unique user interface and is much focused on providing easy access to Amazon services.

Surprisingly, Amazon Kindle Fire does not include 3G connectivity, it does not have cameras neither does it include a microphone hence voice commands won’t work on the device. However, the tablet does support WiFi connectivity and comes with 30-day trial membership of Amazon Prime, which is like a premium membership for Amazon which includes free two-days shipping from Amazon and access to their video streaming services. Amazon Prime costs $79 per year.

Although, personally I have not been able to get my hands-on the device, I am really impressed with its user interface as Amazon has definitely done a lot of work to create unique experience for the tablet. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and still has similarities with the stock user interface; one of the most noticeable similarities is the slide-down notifications screen. As expected it includes quick access to Amazon’s very own content library, including books, music and videos. It also includes Amazon App Store which has over 10,000 applications. Further, Amazon has introduced a new web browser with the tablet device and it will be known as the Amazon Silk which is based on Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing engine and the load is partly shared with the device and partly with the Amazon’s cloud, to help improve the web browsing experience.

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In regards to the specifications, the Kindle Fire has a 7-inch multitouch IPS display with Gorilla glass protection. The device is powered by a TI OMAP4 dual core processor, it has 8GB of built-in storage, 3.5 mm headphone jack, a pair of stereo speakers on the top and it is pretty light weighing at 413g. The battery is rated to last for 8 hours of continuous reading and 7.5 hours of video playback, with WiFi switched off.

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The device will hit the stores in US on November 15 and there is no word about its international launch, however we are quite sure that you would easily be able to get one through a friend in US, or websites like Shopyourworld and Shopandship. It is priced at $199. But I feel that in India and other countries where Amazon services are not yet available the device may not be very useful.

Tagged as: Amazon, Amazon App Store, Amazon Silk, Amazon Tablet, Android Gingerbread, Kindle, Kindle Fire
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  • Brian Deen

    The Kindle Fire is going to be a lot of fun to play with.

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  • Vincent Chow

    It’ll be useful and probably the cheapest Android tablet around even for us outside U.S. if we can restore stock Android on it. If they can get Android on HP’s TouchPad, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be too difficult to do the same on the Kindle Fire.

    • JoTT

      Yeah, I do agree with that.