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Amazon Kindle Fire   (Source: Bloomberg)
Amazon's tablet undercuts the 16GB iPad 2 Wi-Fi by $300

Amazon's entry into the growing tablet sector has been one of the worst kept secrets in the tablet industry. Amazon has already stormed the e-reader market with its line of Kindle devices, so delivering the company's expansive multimedia platform to a more versatile platform seemed like a given.

After a pretty expansive leak earlier this month, Amazon is officially taking the wraps of its Android-based Kindle Fire today. Fortunately, Bloomberg jumped the gun a bit early and revealed that the Kindle Fire indeed will feature a 7" IPS display (1024 x 600), and it checks in at a low $199 (you can pre-order today, but your Kindle won't ship until November 15), which undercuts Apple's entry-level iPad by $300. 

To reach that price point, the Kindle Fire forgoes 3G access, a microphone, and the usual bevy of cameras that come on today's tablets. However, the Kindle Fire does include Wi-Fi (802.11n) and a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime (an Amazon Prime membership normally runs $79/year). 

The Kindle Fire weighs 14.6 ounces and features a dual-core processor. Amazon says that the Kindle Fire provides up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback (Wi-Fi disabled). The devices fully recharges within 4 hours via its USB 2.0 port.

While the Kindle Fire has 8GB of internal storage, apps from the Amazon Appstore, music, magazines, and Kindle Books will all be stored on Amazon's Cloud Drive service which makes having a large amount of onboard storage unnecessary.

"Kindle Fire brings together all of the things we've been working on at Amazon for over 15 years into a single, fully-integrated service for customers," said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. "With Kindle Fire, you have instant access to all the content, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, the convenience of Amazon Whispersync, our revolutionary cloud-accelerated web browser, the speed and power of a state-of-the-art dual-core processor, a vibrant touch display with 16 million colors in high resolution, and a light 14.6 ounce design that's easy to hold with one hand - all for only $199. We're offering premium products, and we're doing it at non-premium prices."



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Can It Read Epubs?
By Arsynic on 9/28/2011 10:40:29 AM , Rating: 2
Well, can it?




RE: Can It Read Epubs?
By mellomonk on 9/28/2011 10:54:28 AM , Rating: 2
It should. Supports your current Kindle library.


RE: Can It Read Epubs?
By TheMan876 on 9/28/2011 11:46:22 AM , Rating: 2
Not the same thing...

But according to Amazon's site, no epub. 8(


RE: Can It Read Epubs?
By gwem557 on 9/28/2011 1:33:28 PM , Rating: 2
Google Calibre. But also, you can get apps that read epubs, though you'd lose kindle's syncing ability.


RE: Can It Read Epubs?
By hankw on 9/28/2011 1:27:31 PM , Rating: 2
No reason you couldn't get an app that reads Epub


RE: Can It Read Epubs?
By borismkv on 9/28/2011 2:01:46 PM , Rating: 2
My bet is that this is going to be a very locked down Android tablet that will only let you install apps purchased through Amazon, and I doubt they would be willing to provide apps for reading other eBook formats. If I could get Android Nook installed on it I'd get it, since B&N has some books I want that Amazon doesn't and vice versa.


RE: Can It Read Epubs?
By gregpxc on 9/28/2011 4:39:32 PM , Rating: 2
give it a day after release. someone will root it, and it will be easy. so easy.


RE: Can It Read Epubs?
By Smilin on 9/30/2011 2:07:03 PM , Rating: 2
Amazon said they expect it to be rooted.


RE: Can It Read Epubs?
By gwem557 on 9/28/2011 4:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
I guarantee you that within a day of release, you'll be able to install anything you want to on it.


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