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Kindle Fire HD 7"
Kindle Fire HD features 8.9" IPS display with 1920x1200 resolution

As the only company that has released a tablet that has managed to take a dent out of Apple's iPad sales (the Kindle Fire accounts for 22% of U.S. tablet sales), many people are looking forward to seeing what Amazon's next generation Kindle Fire has in store. The first generation Kindle Fire made a splash with a $199 price point and 7" form-factor, but Amazon is looking to expand the lineup’s appeal with second generation the devices.
 
The first up is a refreshed 7" model. It keeps the same look as the original, but includes a faster processor and twice the RAM. In addition, the price has been slashed from $199 to $159. It's hard to argue with faster performance and a cheaper price tag.
 
But the big announcement is the Kindle Fire HD. This new tablet is available with a 7" (1280x800) or 8.9" IPS display (1920x1200). The 8.9" Kindle Fire HD is only 8.8mm thick and weighs just 1.25 pounds. Powering the Kindle Fire HD is a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 processor.
 
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos even took at a dig at the Apple iPad by announcing that the Kindle Fire HD comes with dual stereo speakers that feature Dolby Digital Plus technology. The Kindle Fire HD also includes dual Wi-Fi antennas an MIMO compared to a single Wi-Fi antenna on the iPad and Nexus 7. Bezos says this allows its Kindle Fire HD tablets to outperform all competitors in Wi-Fi bandwidth tests.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9" showing "FreeTime"

Another interesting feature that Amazon is introducing with the Kindle Fire HD is FreeTime. FreeTime allows a parents to setup profiles on the device so that children will only have access to "kid-friendly" content while the grownups can still have access to entire spectrum of content. The profiles will also allow parents to limit how much time their child plays on the device.
 
The Kindle Fire HD will be available with 16GB of storage capacity and also includes HDMI out and Bluetooth. The 7" model will be priced at $199 (ships September 14) while the 8.9" model rings in at $299 (ships November 20).

Amazon also announced one additional member to the Kindle Fire HD family. The  Kindle Fire HD LTE 4G model is priced at $499, includes 32GB of storage, and comes with an amazing data package. For just $49.99/year, you get 250MB of bandwidth per month, 20GB of cloud storage space, and a $10 in Appstore credit. Can you say game changer?

The Kindle Fire HD LTE 4G will ship on November 20.
 
For those that prefer Amazon's more traditional line of e-readers, the company also today announced the Kindle Paperwhite. The Kindle Paperwhite features a higher resolution screen with 212 ppi (62 percent more pixels than previous model) that offers whiter whites and blacker blacks.


Kindle Paperwhite
 
The capacitive touch screen device is 9.1mm thick, weighs just 7.5 ounces, and had an 8-week battery life. It costs $119 and will ship on October 1. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G will also ship on October 1 for $179.
 
Even further done the e-reader ladder is the standard "Kindle". Amazon has updated the Kindle to include new fonts and crisper text, and has dropped the price from $79 to $69. It will ship on September 14.

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The tablet craze will soon come to an end.
By 91TTZ on 9/6/2012 3:02:28 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like a lot of very nice tablets are coming out at a very low price. This is great for consumers but bad for companies.

You might wonder why I said that the tablet craze will come to an end. It's because companies continuously look for profitable products. It's not their goal to provide a great product for a great price; their goal is to make as much profit as possible.

Several years ago PCs were all the rage, and companies really went after that market. Some people bought laptops but they were still pretty expensive so they weren't as popular as PCs. Once the price of PCs came down enough to erode profit margins laptops really began to take over. But eventually they, too, came down in price and people were snatching up sub-$400 laptops. Then came the Netbooks. They became all the rage as people claimed that they were the future, and they commanded a high price relative to their manufacturing cost. But their price declined, too, and manufacturers eventually lost interest competing in a market with such low profit margins. Finally came tablets. The iPad really started the trend and people were willing to pay $600 for a tablet that probably costs much less to make. They became popular, everyone started making them, prices came down, and now we have decent tablets for under $200. These new tablets cost so little that the profit margin is tiny. For Amazon they're probably a loss-leader, in fact.

So time goes on, and manufacturers will eventually move onto something else, and they'll try to convince people to move on to the newest product which commands a nice profit margin.




RE: The tablet craze will soon come to an end.
By Rukkian on 9/6/2012 3:19:52 PM , Rating: 2
You are missing one key fact: With the kindle (and ipad, ipod, etc) the manufacturer does not care near as much about the hardware sales. Amazon is making money non-stop from having people buy their digital books, music, games, aps, etc.


By TakinYourPoints on 9/6/2012 4:46:51 PM , Rating: 2
There is no money in media sales. The iTunes store is by far the least profitable part of Apple's business. They make money on hardware.

Amazon is a low margin retailer like Walmart or Target. They have no problem selling no-profit or loss-leader hardware to hook more people into buying low-margin media.

Amazon won't be making much money at all directly from this. It is all about getting more people signed on with Amazon, that's it. If I buy a refill of Swiffers from Amazon as a result of the Kindle, that's where they will be making their money back.

And 91TTZ is right, this will either bury competing tablet manufacturers or force them to cut significant corners in quality to compete on price. Asus/Acer/Samsung are screwed as far as tablets go, the Fire is going to dominate them.


RE: The tablet craze will soon come to an end.
By chris2618 on 9/7/2012 5:44:17 AM , Rating: 2
"There is no money in media sales"

I think the film industry, record industry etc would some what disagree.


By TakinYourPoints on 9/7/2012 10:04:24 PM , Rating: 2
The entities you mention are exactly why companies like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, etc, that sell media don't make much money selling it. The bulk goes to movie studio, RIAA, developers, etc, before distributors get their cut, and that is split up farther from the cost of actually running a digital distribution service.

iTunes profit is about 10% between selling music, movies, and apps, and I reckon that's a very close profit margin to what everyone else gets since wholesale and service costs are pretty uniform.

No offense, I'm not singling you out, but the lack of critical thinking I consistently see here blows my mind.


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