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Amazon Unveils 2 New Kindle eReaders, 4 New Fire Tablets

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Amazon made a big news splash late in the day Wednesday when it introduced two new Kindle eReaders, four new Fire tablets and Fire OS 4.0 “Sangria.” There’s even a tablet that should be perfect for kids. Let’s dive in.

First up is the Kindle Voyage (pictured above), a brand new high-end eReader that’s priced at $199. That’s not exactly cheap but any standards these days, but Amazon promises it offers the best experience yet thanks to a super sharp display with a 300ppi, a thinner design, an adaptive front-light that’s 39 percent brighter than ever before — while also being the smallest Amazon has ever employed — and PagePress, a feature that allows you to turn the page by tapping the side bezel.

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Amazon also introduced a new $79 Kindle that’s 20 percent faster than last year’s model, twice the storage capacity and includes a touchscreen display. It rounds out the family, which now includes this device on the lower end, the existing Kindle Paperwhite at $119, and the new Kindle Voyage at $199.

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Four new Fire devices were introduced, including brand new Fire HD tablets, measuring 6-inches and 7-inches, with quad-core 1.5GHz processors, all day battery life, Dolby Digital Audio and access to all of Amazon’s services. Both will launch in black, white, cobalt, magenta and citron. The 6-inch model will retail for $99 while the 7-inch option will sell for $139. Amazon also introduced a brand new Fire HDX 8.9 with a 70 percent faster graphics engine, a 2.5GHz processor, an “exclusive HDX display” that offers 339ppi and more. Amazon will sell it in October for $379, though pre-orders start today, while a 4G option will also be available for $100 more.

The company also introduced a kid-friendly Fire tablet for the first time. Amazon promises a two-year guarantee on the tablet. “If they break it, we’ll replace it. No questions asked,” the company said. It’s basically a rugged version of a Kindle Fire that offers free access to Amazon FreeTime for a year. A 6-inch model will retail for $149 while a larger 7-inch model will sell for $189.

Hit the source for information on Fire OS 4.0 “Sangria,” based on Android 4.4 KitKat, which also launched on Wednesday.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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