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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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RE: It seems oddly similar...
By Pirks on 9/28/2011 2:48:52 PM , Rating: 2
Nah, Vader would use Playbook - THE tablet for evil rich corporate execs. Just like Vader!

RE: It seems oddly similar...
By kleinma on 9/28/2011 3:09:35 PM , Rating: 2
Vader was just muscle for the empire. Sure he had the force because he was a jedi, but he couldn't wipe his electronic buttox without asking the emperor for permission.

RE: It seems oddly similar...
By bodar on 9/28/2011 3:28:31 PM , Rating: 2
He obviously outranked everyone in the Imperial military. Ask General Veers about his "executive decision-making"...

RE: It seems oddly similar...
By Reclaimer77 on 9/28/2011 3:34:31 PM , Rating: 2
There wouldn't have even BEEN an Empire without Anakin/Vader really. He destroyed the Jedi order from within.

That's just another reason why the prequels are so retarded and unbelievable though. Two "sith" are all you need to take over an entire galaxy, even though equally powerful "good" Jedi outnumber you. Ok sure, whatever...

RE: It seems oddly similar...
By bodar on 9/29/2011 4:28:52 PM , Rating: 2
Forgetting an army of perfectly obedient super-soldiers, you are.

Not to mention, most Jedi were not nearly as powerful as Palpatine/Vader, plus everyone thought they were good guys anyway. You have to admit it was pretty brilliant the way Palpatine kept playing each side against the other to manufacture crises & grab more and more power, all the while sacrificing his apprentices like pawns. Palpatine built the Empire right in front of them, and the Jedi were not only powerless to stop him, they helped.

That's true evil genius.

RE: It seems oddly similar...
By Smilin on 9/29/2011 4:39:28 PM , Rating: 2
We're not talking about 9/11 and the Iraq war are we?

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