Amazon Unveils iPad Competitor, Kindle Fire Tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon unveiled its iPad competitor called Kindle Fire today at an event held earlier in the afternoon. The tablet features a 7 inch IPS display, dual-core processor, 14.6 ounces as well as a hub for integrating Amazon Kindle, Prime, Instant Video, MP3, Appstore, and Web Services.

Amazon had been rumored to be working on an iPad killer since the last few months, pointing to a device very similar in terms of offerings to the iPad.

All content purchased and used on the Kindle Fire tablet is automatically backed up to the cloud and uses the Whispersync service allowing books, movies, and TV shows to be synced across multiple devices. Amazon also introduced a new web browser, dubbed the “Amazon Silk”. The pricing of the device severely crippled iPad’s pricing with $199 as opposed to the $499 price tag on a lower end iPad. The Kindle Fire will be available on November 15th, with Pre-Orders of the device starting today.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also took the stage today to introduce three new Kindle devices, aside from the Fire tablet. The Kindle received a redesign, with a new Kindle Touch, as well as a Kindle Touch 3G, taking advantage of 3G networks to access online services. Pricing is as follows: $109 for Kindle, $139 for Kindle Touch, and $189 for Kindle Touch 3G.

Amazon has answered back to the iPad 2’s success in recent months with a slew of devices of their own, including their new tablet. Are you excited about Kindle Fire? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

{via Mac Rumors}

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