And they’re introducing a sleek new Kindle eReader.
Despite the lukewarm response of their Fire Phone, Amazon is still going ahead with the refresh of its current tablet line, which gained fairly good reviews compared to their recently released smartphone. Here is a rundown of the new and updated Kindle tablets:
Kindle Fire HD6
For $99 on the base model, the Kindle Fire HD6 is the less expensive version of Amazon’s flagship tablet line. It comes in five color options along with an 8/16 GB storage. It will be powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor along with a 6-inch screen that supports a 1280 x 800 pixel screen resolution.
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition
Most probably taking a cue from the Kids Edition of Samsung’s Galaxy tablet, Amazon has also introduced the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition. Starting at $149, it will be available in 6-inch and 7-inch variants. It will have all the bells and whistles of the Fire HD tablet and the only difference is that the Kids Edition will have various software enhancements like Parental Controls and a ‘Kid-proof’ case that will ensure durability of the device even when its being handled by the little ones.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
Amazon’s most powerful tablet becomes even more powerful with a superfast quad-core processor. It will support an 8.9-inch screen and while it is smaller than the iPad Air, will have a massive 2560 x 1600 pixel display – that’s 30 percent more pixels than the iPad Air. It will come in 16/32/64 GB variants and Wi-Fi/3G versions.
While the Amazon Kindle revolutionized the eReader, there are some things still lacking on the device. The new Kindle has gotten an all-new upgrade that includes a touchscreen display – yes, a touchscreen. You can now freely navigate books using your fingers and with more storage provided, you can easily store thousands of books. And the best part? It’s only $79.
The Kindle Voyage maybe the best version of the Kindle yet. Starting at $199 and comes with Wi-Fi and 3G versions, the Kindle Voyage includes a 300 ppi display that displays text the sharpest way possible. It also supports an adaptive front light that automatically adjusts the backlight whether it is day or night.
All these tablets will run the Fire OS, Amazon’s customized version of Android that put special focus on their services. It ditches the Google Play Store and instead uses Amazon’s own app store, which offers free apps almost everyday.
Expect the tablets to be available by next month. Keen on getting one? Let us know your thoughts!