Saturday, 20 September 2014

AMAZON INTRODUCES FIVE NEW KINDLE MODELS (IN ONE FELL SWOOP)

All has been quiet on the Kindle front for a little too long... and now we know why. The manufacturer of one of the most successful e-reader brands currently on the market has been working diligently on not only one, but five new Kindle models, all to be launched in the fall of 2014.

The introduction of five new models, all at the usually affordable prices, is sure to light a fire under the competing e-reader manufacturers, the most prominent of which are Barnes and Noble, whose Nook e-readers are considered on par with Amazon's Kindles and Indigo Books & Music, with their wide range of Kobo e-readers.

But Amazon has gone further than introduce just e-ink based e-book readers to the market. In the largest Kindle bundle-release to date, Amazon has actually announced three new tablets (famously known as Kindle Fires) and two e-ink-based Kindles. With one of the tablets specifically designed for children, the Kindle manufacturers seem determined to cover all their bases, and to introduce something for everyone's tastes and predilections.





TABLETS


1. Kindle fire HD6 and Kindle fire HD7




Release date
October 2nd, 2014

Price
Kindle Fire HD6
8GB storage: $99.00 with special offers, $114.00 without special offers
16GB storage: $119.00 with special offers, $134.00 without special offers

Kindle Fire HD7
$154.00 (all that's known at the present, special offers not addressed)

About
Conveniently, the number in the title corresponds to the screen size of each tablet (in inches). Both tablets are equipped with fast quad-core processors up to 1.5 GHz, front and rear cameras, and HD displays. Kindle fire HD6 also comes in five different colors.




2. Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition




Release date
October 21st, 2014

Price
6" display: $149.00
7" display: $189.00

About
The "two year warranty" is specifically geared towards young owners, in the sense that Amazon pledges to replace a broken Kindle tablet for the new one, no questions asked, for two years following the date of the purchase. It comes in a case designed to prevent most damage that a child can inflict. And despite its youthful design, this tablet is by no means a toy. It is equipped with a quad-core processor, an HD display and front and rear-facing cameras. At the same time, the tablet being geared towards children means an abundance of parental control, and comes with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited - a free access to 5000 books, movies, TV shows and educational apps.




3. Kindle Fire HDX 8.9




Release date
October 21st, 2014

Price
16GB storage: $379.00 with special offers, $394.00 without special offers
32GB storage: $429.00 with special offers, $444.00 without special offers
64GB storage: $479.00 with special offers, $494.00 without special offers

About
This high-range, top-of-the-line tablet comes equipped with a 8.9" HDX display, 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, an 8MP camera, WPS Office integration (Word, Excel and Power Point, at last!) and more. In the event of shared usage, it enables each person who uses it to create their own, separate profile on the device, while at the same time sharing a library of content without the need for multiple purchases.





E-READERS


4. Kindle (now with touch!)




Release date
October 2nd, 2014

Price
$79.00 with special offers, $99.00 without special offers

About
It's the old favorite, with new features. The basic Kindle model now comes equpped with the best of what touch-screen features have to offer, making it the most affordable high-range touch-screen e-reader on the market (certainly the most affordable by Amazon). Unlike the old model, the new Kindle e-reader comes with a variety of features that were previously only available on higher-range models, such as the Vocabulary builder and Goodreads integration. At the same time, it retains the best of the tried-and-true e-reader features: e-ink technology, ergonomic design, a long-lasting batery and ample storage (with cloud).




5. Kindle Voyage




Release date
November 24th, 2014

Price
Wi-Fi only: $199.00 with special offers, $219.00 without special offers
Wi-Fi + free 3G: $269.00 with special offers, $289.00 without special offers

About

Intended, no doubt, as a contender for the vastly popular Kindle Paperwhite, this new e-reader is already in high demand, based on the amount of pre-orders it has received in the few days since its original announcement. The new technology offers reinvented pageturns, without the need to move a finger, a 300ppi display and a new front light.

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