Amazon's new Kindle series unveiled today include Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Paperwhite 3G, and Kindle Fire HD family.
Kindle Paperwhite priced at $119, and the new Wi-Fi + 3G model is available for $179 is constructed with a 212 ppi display capacitive touch technology, 62% more pixels and 25% increased contrast, a patented built-in front light for reading in all lighting conditions, up to 8 weeks of battery life, a thin and light design, and free 3G wireless connection across the US.
"Amazon pays for the 3G connection on Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi + 3G, so customers pay no monthly fees and sign no annual contracts," the company stated.
Time to Read feature for Kindle Paperwhite helps readers know the amount of time it will take them to finish a chapter or a book.
Also announced today is the new Kindle Fire HD now available in 7-inch and 8.9-inch models with 4G LTE wireless, 4G LTE Data Package, custom HD display with in-plane switching, Advanced True Wide polarizing filter and custom laminated touch sensor for 25% less glare with rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle.
Fire HD also comes with fastest Wi-Fi--dual antenna, dual-band, and MIMO--dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio.
The 8.9" features 254 pixels per inch with a resolution of 1920x1200, with pixels that are indistinguishable to the human eye, a 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of on-device storage, and is powered by the latest generation OMAP4 4470 processor and Imagination SGX544 graphics engine capable of over 12 billion floating point operations per second.
The 7" Kindle Fire HD features a HD display with 1280x800 resolution, detailed contrast and rich, natural color, 16 GB or 32 GB of on-device storage, and is powered by the latest generation OMAP4 4470 processor and Imagination SGX544 graphics engine capable of over 12 billion floating point operations per second.
Amazon also provides free storage for Amazon digital content in the Amazon Cloud.
Both uses Gorilla Glass, has Bluetooth, HDMI, a Front-Facing HD Camera and has 11 Hours of Battery Life.
The new Kindle Fire family comes with special offers that appear on the lock screen. Examples of special money-saving offers that customers will enjoy include a $5 credit in the Amazon MP3 Store and a $5 credit for select titles in the Amazon Instant Video Store. Customers will also receive special offers and screensavers from brands like AT&T, Discover and Intel, such as a special offer of a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card when a customer uses their Discover card to purchase a digital product on Amazon.
All the three new Kindle comes with a new leather cover that is with integrated magnetic clasp, and automatically wakes up technology.
Kindle Fire family also features world-class Microsoft Exchange integration, with fine-tuned performance on many of the most critical e-mail functions.
Fire's mosaic view arranges personal photos beautifully, and customers will be delighted to see their best shots on their TV with HDMI out.
In addition, Amazon also introduced a new Kindle for only $69 -- that comes with "new improved fonts, 15% faster page turns."
Amazon also built X-Ray for Books that with a single tap, let readers explore all passages across a book, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon's community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers.
X-Ray for Textbooks integrates the glossary directly into each textbook page and by algorithmically assembling related data from Wikipedia and YouTube.
X-Ray for Movies, a new feature that revolutionizes the movie experience by bringing the power of IMDb directly to movies on Kindle Fire HD, accessible with a simple tap.
Whispersync automatically synchronize a customer's Kindle library, including last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights, across the widest range of devices and platforms. Now, with Whispersync for Voice, customers can start reading a book on their Kindle, and seamlessly switch to listening to their corresponding Whispersync for Voice-enabled audiobook from Audible on their phone or tablet, picking up exactly where they left off.
Whispersync for Games syncs a customer's place in the game and saves unlocked levels, so even if they get a new device, the progress is backed up in the cloud.
Kindle FreeTime gives parents easy-to-use tools to personalize their children's digital media experience. And will available for free on all of the new Kindle Fire devices starting in the coming weeks.
Immersion Reading let Kindle Fire owners synchronize Kindle text with the corresponding Audible.com audiobook to create a more immersive and engaging experience, as well as deepen learning and comprehension.
Cloud-Accelerated Silk Browser features an updated core rendering engine and a reengineered transport layer that contribute to faster page loads.
Kindle Serials enable readers to buy a book once and follow as it's written, with future episodes added seamlessly at no additional cost. "Readers can join the conversation on Amazon discussion boards as the stories unfold - allowing authors to hear from readers in real-time and perhaps influence a story's path," Amazon adds.
Amazon also notes, that it now has over 180,000 books in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. "Over 650,000 books are priced at $4.99 or less; over 1.2 million are $9.99 or less." Millions of free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle.
Update 09/08: Business Insider is reporting that Bing is the deafult search engine on the new Kindle Fire HD:
We've reached out to Microsoft and it told us, "Bing will be the default search provider on the new Kindle Fire HD. No other details are available at this time."
Update 09/09: The Kindle Fire HD, comes with ads known as "Special Offers" that appear on the screen in the the lock mode on the corner of the home screen. Amazon says the ads will help the company to keep prices low.
Now, Amazon has announced that the users of the new tablet can opt-out of these ads by paying a one-time payment of $15. This will remove ads from the lock screen and from the bottom of the screen in certain instances.
Amazon first announced special offers with the e-ink Kindle and owners could opt out for $30 on the original model.
An Amazon spokesperson wrote:
We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out. We're happy to offer customers the choice.