At Amazon's press conference in New York city, Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Kindle Fire 7-inch tablet, and a new line of E-Ink Kindles that looks to bolster their "traditional" eReader lineup.
Kindle Fire - is a beautiful full color Kindle for movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines, apps, games, web browsing and more, for only $199.
"Kindle Fire brings everything we've been working on at Amazon for 15 years together into a single, fully-integrated experience for customers - instant access to Amazon's massive selection of digital content, a vibrant color IPS touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle, a 14.6 ounce design that's easy to hold with one hand, a state-of-the-art dual core processor, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, and an ultra-fast mobile browser - Amazon Silk - available exclusively on Kindle Fire," said Bezos.
"Kindle Fire introduces a revolutionary new web browser called Amazon Silk," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO.
Amazon Silk introduces a radical new paradigm - a "split browser" architecture that accelerates the power of the mobile device hardware by using the computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services cloud (AWS).
The Silk browser software resides both on Kindle Fire and on the massive server fleet that comprises the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). With each page request, Silk dynamically determines a division of labor between the mobile hardware and Amazon EC2 (i.e. which browser sub-components run where) that takes into consideration factors like network conditions, page complexity and the location of any cached content.
The result is a faster web browsing experience, and it's available exclusively on Kindle Fire, Amazon's new Kindle for movies, music, books, magazines, apps, games, and web browsing.
Kindle and Kindle Touch have the most-advanced E Ink display technology available, and the 3G Kindle Touch adds free 3G wireless - no monthly fees and no annual contracts.
Latest Kindle features a new design that is 30 percent lighter at just 5.98 ounces, 18 percent smaller, and turns pages 10 percent faster. "Kindle is now small and light enough to fit easily in your pocket and carry with you everywhere, yet it still features the same 6-inch, most advanced electronic ink display that reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight," Amazon stated.
While it retains physical buttons, Amazon's traditional Kindle keyboard is gone. The new Kindle also comes packed with Amazon's Special Offers and their Amazon Local deals service.
Kindle Touch features an IR touch system that's similar to the one seen in the most recent Nook, and squeezes it into a body that's both smaller and lighter than the current model. By going touchscreen, Kindle Touch does away with the classic Kindle design and instead goes for a very unassuming form factor.
Kindle Touch also sports a new feature called X-Ray, a new feature that lets customers explore the "bones of the book." It seeks to give users context by providing Wikipedia info without having to switch into a browser. With a single tap, readers can see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon's community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. Amazon built X-Ray using its expertise in language processing and machine learning, access to significant storage and computing resources with Amazon S3 and EC2, and a deep library of book and character information. The vision is to have every important phrase in every book.
Kindle Touch 3G is a new addition and offers the same new design and features of Kindle Touch - small and light, easy-to-use touch screen, storage for thousands of books, and extra-long battery life - with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G. Kindle's free 3G connection means you never have to hunt for or pay for a Wi-Fi hotspot - you simply download and read books anytime, anywhere in over 100 countries around the world. Amazon pays for the 3G connection so there's no monthly fee or annual contract.
All the units are available for pre-order today, but units will ship starting shipping on November 21.
Here are the full press releases:
Kindle Fire, Kindle, Kindel Touch, Kindle Touch 3G: