Amazon prices 'Kindle Fire' at $199

Summary:At just $199, Amazon's 7-inch "Kindle Fire" may prove Steve Jobs wrong that people don't want a "tweener" tablet.

Before Amazon's press conference to unveil its first tablet is even underway, Bloomberg has already released details on the new tablet. As rumored, the Amazon device is called the Kindle Fire and has a 7-inch display, runs its own customized version of Android and most importantly, will sell at a consumer-friendly price of $199.

To keep costs down, the Kindle Fire does not have any embedded cameras or a microphone for web conferencing or photos, is Wi-Fi only, but will come with a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime to sweeten the deal. Pre-orders start today on Amazon's website, and it will ship in time for this holiday season on November 15.

Here are some of the tech specs and features based on Engadget's live blogging of the event:

  • Display: IPS, 7"
  • Processor: dual-core
  • Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Stores content on Amazon Cloud Storage
  • Whispersync can bookmark where you left off in your movie or TV show so you can continue watching on your television at home
  • Can multitask
  • Plays Android games
  • Features the Amazon Silk web browser, which uses Amazon's cloud computing prowess to speed up your web surfing experience.

Amazon actually has a number of announcements up its sleeves this morning, with the much talked about Kindle Fire tablet diverting our attention from a couple of new e-readers (Kindle Touch) that are coming your way this holiday. Stay tuned for updates.

[Source: Bloomberg via Engadget, Engadget's event live blog]

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Topics: Hardware, Amazon

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