Kindle Fire HD revealed, comes with an IPS panel, Dolby speakers, front-facing camera, and of course, ‘HD’ resolution.
At an event in Santa Monica, Amazon unveiled an assortment of new Kindles, including some that were long rumored.
For reading fans, there is the ‘Paperwhite’ Kindle, a 7.5 ounces, 9.1mm thin e-Reader that is backlit and has an easy-to-the-eyes white background. The backlit actually has a name, Light Guide, and according to Amazon, it’s a result of 4 years of research. During R&D, Amazon found that users preferred to leave the the backlit on all the time, which posed a serious issue to device’s power consumption requirements. As a result, the Paperwhite Kindle now has an 8-week even with the light on. The Kindle also comes with a new feature called ‘Time to Read’, which will tell you how much time is left in the chapter based on your average reading speed.
The new Kindle will release on October 1st, and will sell for $199. There will also be a 3G version for $179. The $79 Kindle also got an update, with faster page turns, a new color (black), and a $10 price cut.
Coming to the tablets, the Kindle Fire has received a sizeable bump in performance with a faster processor and more RAM. It’s also $40 cheaper, at $159.
Amazon also revealed the oft-rumored Kindle Fire HD. It will come in two sizes, 7″ and 8.9″. Both will sport an IPS display panel, and an OMAP 4470 processor. The 8.9″ version run on a resolution of 1920×1200, whereas the 7″ will have a 1280×800 resolution.
But that’s not all the HD has got, it also has dual stereo Dolby sound speakers, a front-facing camera (finally!), two antennas, and MIMO-capability.
The 7″ Kindle Fire HD will cost $199 and will ship on September 14; while the 8.9″ HD will cost $299 and will ship on November 20th.