New Amazon Kindles: Jeff Bezos Introduces Touch, Fire Tablets
Kindle Touch & Kindle Fire Tablet: Amazon Upgrades E-Reader Lineup
The Kindle Fire, with a 7" display and Android OS, will sell at a $199 price point (half the cost of an iPad). It's more stripped down, though, and has no camera or microphone. With only 8GB of storage space, it's meant to synch with cloud storage via WiFi (no 3G).
The Kindle Fire uses Amazon Silk for web browsing, and will run apps from the Amazon Appstore.
Jeff bezos also showed off the newest e-ink readers: the Kindle Touch and the Kindle Touch 3G. Both feature touch-screen controls, and start at $99.
Amazon stock rose by 3% at the news, while rival Barnes and Noble, which produces the Nook, saw its stock drop 9%
The plain ol' vanilla Kindle will sell for $79, and keeps its 6" screen while the rest of its body has been sweated down.