Amazon Announces Kindle Fire HD and Paperwhite

Sep 06, 2012

Rampant speculation about today's Amazon announcement turned out to be more or less right. The web retailer unveiled the Kindle Fire HD, along with a revamped line of Kindles. Among the new devices is the Kindle Paperwhite, with a touchscreen, 62% more pixels than the Kindle Touch, and includes a fiber-optic lighting system.

If you're self-conscious about your reading prowess these new Kindles may not be for you, as a "Time to Read" feature will tell you-based on how quickly you read-how long it will take you to read a particular book.

The low-end Kindle, now with a price tag of $69 for the ad-supported model, will stay pretty much the same. Curiously, the new Kindle HD got a sound-system upgrade, with dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus and two antennas. The larger of its two screen-size options comes in at 8.9 inches, and has an app that lets parents limit kids' screen time.

The 7-inch Fire HD will run consumers $199 and the 16 GB 8.9-inch version will cost $299 (but there will also be a 32 GB version with 4G LTE). The 7-inch ships September 14 and the 8.9-inch on November 20, but Amazon had "surprised" consumers by moving up ship dates before. The made over Kindle Fire will have a price tag of $159.


Related Articles, Inc. announced that the all-new Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite 3G begin shipping today. Kindle Paperwhite is constructed with 62% more pixels and 25% higher contrast, a patented built-in front light for reading in all lighting conditions, uncompromised battery life of up to eight weeks, and a thin and light design.