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Amazon launches two new Fires and one new Kindle

Amazon launches two new Fires and one new Kindle

The Kindle Fires include Kindle Fire HD in 8.9″ ($499/$299) and 7″ ($199) and a regular Kindle Fire in 7″ ($199). The new Kindle is called a Paperwhite.  The tablets come with a new feature called “Kindle Free Time” that allows you to make profiles for members in your family, set daily screen limits, and give limited content access.

Paperwhite

Paperwhite display

Paperwhite is not an eink screen but black ink on white screen with a light screen overlay that is adjustable. Per the Amazon site:

  • Paperwhite has 62% more pixels for unsurpassed resolution 25% better contrast for sharp, dark text
  • New hand-tuned fonts – 6 font styles, 8 adjustable sizes
  • 8-week battery life, even with the light on
  • Holds up to 1,100 books – take your library wherever you go
  • Built-in Wi-Fi or 3G for $179

Updated 7″ Fire ($159)

  • 40% faster performance
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

7″ Fire HD ($199)

  • 1280×800 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology
  • Exclusive Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers
  • Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi
  • 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core
  • Free Skype video calls with front-facing HD camera
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content

Kindle Fire

Fire HD 8.9 ($299)

  • 1920×1200 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology
  • Exclusive Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers
  • 1.5Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core
  • Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for 40%
  • Free Skype video calls with front-facing HD camera
  • Optional:  4G LTE wireless for $499. Get 250 MB a month for 12 months with a one-time payment of $49.99. Also included: 20 GB of additional Cloud Drive storage for your photos and more, plus a $10 Amazon Appstore promotional credit.  You can pay for 3GB and 5GB monthly data plan from AT&T