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.
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.
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.