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Amazon has just officially takes the wraps off the Kindle Fire, a new Android-based, relatively low-cost tablet, that’s poised to make some waves this holiday season.

The Kindle Fire is a 7” tablet with a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 that runs 
Android 2.3. The display uses IPS technology and features an anti-glare coating, which should help make it somewhat more readable outdoors than untreated screens. There is also a dual-core CPU at the heart of the Kindle Fire, but the exact model has not been disclosed just yet—rumor has it, a TI OMAP 4 powers the device. There is 8GB of storage on-board, 512MB of RAM, Wi-Fi, and Amazon claims up to 8 hours of battery life during continuous reading or 7.5 hours during video playback. The actual dimension of the device along with more features and specifications are listed in the table below.

7" multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors. Size (in inches) 7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45" (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm). Weight 14.6 ounces (413 grams). System Requirements None, because it's wireless and doesn't require a computer. On-device Storage 8GB internal. That's enough for 80 apps, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books. Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content Battery Life Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content. Charge Time Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB. Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks. USB Port USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) Audio 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers. Content Formats Supported Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8. Documentation Quick Start Guide(included in box); Kindle User's Guide (pre-installed on device) Warranty and Service 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the Kindle License Agreement and Terms of Use. Included in the Box Kindle Fire tablet, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.

In terms of its hardware features and specifications, it’s obvious the Kindle Fire isn’t targeting more powerful tablets like the iPad 2 or Galaxy Tab 10.1 and is more in-line with the B&N Nook. There’s no 3G/4G connectivity, no camera, the screen is only two-point multitouch, and the device is thicker than some other tablets at 11.4mm.

Amazon is hoping the Fire’s relatively low price and customized experience help set it apart from its competitors and entice consumers. The Fire reportedly sports a highly customized version of Android 2.3 that focuses on the user experience and 
Amazon claims its proprietary Silk Browser offers cloud-accelerated browsing. According to Amazon, Silk is a “revolutionary, cloud-accelerated browser that uses a "split browser" architecture to leverage the computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services cloud.” And yes, it supports Adobe Flash. With Silk, Amazon says it has refactored and rebuilt the browser software stack to push pieces of the computation workload into the Amazon Web Services cloud. Amazon claims, “This lets Silk do more work, more quickly, and all at once.”

Perhaps, most importantly, Amazon will also be leveraging its massive ecosystem of content that’s already available for current Kindle variants. Having the Amazon content and Android apps seamlessly integrated on a single device will give owners access to a myriad of content and apps.

The Amazon Kindle Fire is available for pre-order now at a price of $199. The devices are expected to ship on November 15, on a first come first serve basis. A couple of the crew members here at HotHardware have already placed their orders, so expect some more comprehensive coverage the moment the devices arrive—perhaps even sooner.


--And yes, it supports Adobe Flash---Having the Amazon and Android marketplaces seamlessly integrated on a single device will give owners access to a myriad of content and apps.---

"Amazon has scored a major hit. They chosen their components ala Apple style, and did not skimp on quality. The price is outstanding, and again, the specs and App support. I don't know if its first week or pre order sales is going to be extravagant, but over the long run, its a winner. "

"I would have liked more content support, like MKV and WMV, but what it offers is enough, though you have keep in mind what its main purpose is. Anyhow, looking forward to the full review."


No Bluetooth, no memory card expansion, no G-Sensor, no HDMI, no full size USB port, no cameras of any kind, no volume buttons, no android buttons, no 3G/4G, no user replaceable battery, no ePub support, no microphone, and no hope of any accessories except a protective case and stand.

Even Apple lets you get accessories via the iPad's docking port.

Yup, only thing selling this will be the Amazon services and the $199 price point!

Most people can live without most of those missing features but no HDMI doesn't make much sense considering their video streaming service and the fact this thing can easily handle full 1080P.

There is also some privacy concern as you'll be heavily using Amazon services and the web browser would be keeping tabs on your browsing habits and what sites you visit with "Silk" as that's partly how it works to accelerate your browsing experience.

Real shame considering it's pretty fast and responsive. They did a good job optimizing the UI and pre-installed apps. The processor is definitely a TI OMAP 4 according to the press release. Along with the fact the manufacturer also makes the RIM Playbook and looks like they used the same components. Even has bezel swipe sensor feature for at least one direction as demonstrated by the Amazon rep in posted videos covering the announcement.

So probably using the same TI OMAP 4430 1GHz dual-core processor with Imaginations PowerVR SGX540 GPU.

On the plus side you got access to the Amazon Market for apps, and can still side load any apps not on their market. So they won't be blocking you using other apps and also one rep reportedly indicated they won't bother trying to stop rooting. They just won't support rooted devices... However, without a memory card slot it's a lot riskier and harder to root and not much point with the missing features.unless they also do hardware mods.

So while it's likely the Amazon Kindle Fire will force many other companies to be more price competitive, there are still reasons to want other tablets with more features, more privacy, and flexibility of usage despite the higher prices. Along with the fact many of the Amazon services can be accessed on other devices besides the Kindle Fire, lessening the appeal to just the few exclusive content and services being offered.

Maybe the rumored 10" version that's suppose to come out next year may address most of these limitations but for now the Kindle Fire is basically more an Ultra Kindle than anything else. It should still appeal to a great many people, especially at that price point. So I agree it'll be a winner, but not quite as good as it could have done if it hadn't removed so many amenities. Just bluetooth and a HDMI port alone would have made it much more appealing.

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Like the guy above me said, rumor has it that it's a 1Ghz chip.

Those are some impressive specs for only $200... will this drive the price of other tablets down???? I hope so!


@JDiaz makes great points but I still think Amazon has a winner. The e-reader market is huge because they are cheap. This basically adds android features to a reader for a little more money. The 199 price range is hot and I think a lot of people in the market for an e-reader will pick this up instead because of it's app capabilities.

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I have to agree. Although most of those features aren't really going to be necessary in a tablet like this, I mean this is just an enhanced reader with Android attached to it, while that means that fans of Amazon will be pleased with what they're given, tablet people like you will be disappointed.

Frankly all of the Amazon tablets have had good build quality and reasonable price points, and if this were to be released into retail then people would buy it like hotcakes and it would trigger what I think is a severe lowering of pricing with tablets, I mean barely anybody has mentioned the cost of tablets and why very few people are willing to buy into them.

It's obvious that it's going to be a winner, there's no disputing that. However, I have no interest in buying one of these in the moment. But I do have hope this'll reduce the price point of tablets.


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No Bluetooth, no memory card expansion, no G-Sensor, no HDMI, no full size USB port, no cameras of any kind, no volume buttons, no android buttons, no 3G/4G, no user replaceable battery, no ePub support, no microphone, and no hope of any accessories except a protective case and stand.

"For $199 you expect it to have all those features? If it would, than it would have to cost around $499 and it would just be another Tablet headed for the bargain bin along with a financial disaster for Amazon. The Market is already flooded with high end Tablets, heck for $299 you can get a Playbook with most of those features and a heftier processor. One of the things that I can agree is the inclusion of a camera in the back, but then again, at the end, it would just get criticized for the low quality snapshot and video, so its smart to just leave it out."  

"The Kindle Fire is basically an E-Reader on steroids with great multimedia capabilities like video and games, the price is great, the quality of the screen is great and its backed by Amazon's featured packed services. Anyhow, I see, women specially, are going to be carrying this thing in their purses everywhere."


You point out some important things in this post.  However I think the price will make a good selling point.  Also it is rumored now that you can modify the kindle into basically a android tablet now so you can download more apps.  Either way Amazon can improve on this for sure. I think they will have some success even if it's a failure. That way when they release the kindle version 2 it will be much more competitive.


Has anyone heard if you can integrate the I-pad or Tablet

Fire with your TV?  Another

words can you use it kind of like a TV controller so to speak…I know you can do

some programming with these devices I just don't know what the limitations are

and would like to know before buying one.