Important day today – Amazon announced three different devices:
1. A frontlit eReader called Kindle Paperwhite featuring a new and improved 25 percent more contrast, 212ppi with 62 percent more pixels, capacitive touchscreen and up to 8 weeks battery life with the light on
2. A new Kindle Fire model featuring double the RAM memory of the current model (1GB), an improved processor and battery life and overall the same dimensions as the current model, at a reduced price of $159 ($199 the 16GB), obviously designed to compete with the current batch of 7″ tablets. The internal memory looks to be still 8GB and no word of any SD slot for expansion. You can pre-order it today for Sept. 14th ship date.
3. Two new Kindle Fire HD models – a 8.8mm, 20 ounces, 8.9 inch display, 254ppi tablet featuring 1920 x 1200 resolution and a front facing camera with laminated touch overlay providing a 25% reduction in glare and based on TI OMAP 4470 chipset, also with HDMI out, stereo speakers, Dolby Digital Plus technology and dual band, dual WiFi MIMO antennas, apparently providing a 41% speed increase in data transfer over iPad 3. Impressive if it is true. The memory for the HD model will start at 16GB. Among other software improvements, custom Facebook and Skype for the new device certainly worth mentioning together with email client improvements and Exchange support. Price? A cool $299 for the 16GB version to ship on November 20th and $499 for the LTE version sporting 32GB storage.
The other Kindle Fire HD model includes a 7 inches display with 1280 x 800 resolution and retails for $199 16GB version and $249 for the 32GB version.
While the price for the 4G LTE Kindle seems somewhat steep, Amazon will sweeten the deal offering 250MB traffic per month, 20GB of cloud storage adn a $10 appstore credit for $50 a year.