28
Sep
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It has been a long time coming, and even though we already knew basically everything about the device, Amazon just officially unveiled its very own Android tablet: the Kindle Fire.

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The Fire is a 7-inch tablet/e-reader with an IPS display running at 1024x600, powered by a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor and a heavily modified version of Android. Of course, it will be lacking any and all Google Apps, including the official Android Market. As expected, the Fire's go-to app store will be Amazon's official Appstore, which will run alongside other Amazon-specific apps like Cloud Player (Amazon MP3), Prime, Kindle (of course), and Amazon Instant Video.

Update: The Fire's landing page is now live, and filled with tons of pictures and additional details. Aside from the above mentioned specs, the Fire will come with 8GB of internal storage, but considering it's so heavily reliant on Amazon services, nearly all of your data will be held in Amazon's Cloud Drive. It also features and "extra durable display," which has been "chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic." Basically, it shouldn't break or scratch easily. Win.

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As far as normal tablet activities are concerned, the Fire will also feature and all-in-one email hub, capable of managing multiple services like Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, and AOL, in one, combined inbox. On the web-browsing front, Amazon has equipped the fire with a special cloud-accelerated browser called Amazon Silk, which utilizes Amazon's EC2 computing cloud to take the bulk of the workload off of your device. Check it out:

Battery life isn't a question, either -- Amazon put everything out on the table. The Fire should get around 8 hours of continuous reading use or 7.5 hours of locally stored video playback, so it's equivalent to most Android tablets on the market today.

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Looking to not only out-power Barnes & Noble's Nook Color, the Fire is will also out-price its main competitor, coming in at a mere $199. The Fire is available for pre-order today with an expected ship date in mid-November.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • RCK

    do we be able to pre order it in germany to?

    • TomRowly

      I doubt it. It uses the Amazon App Store, which is only available in the USA :(

      • http://www.gigitsu.com GigiAUT

        Appstore is working in Europe too. I've been using it from Austria.

  • BlackOmega

    Once they get CM7 running on this tablet, it'll become interesting for it's price.

  • Zomby

    No real point trying to get one outside the US until some custom ROM is available on it. As most Amazon services are US-bound, and it doesn't have Google's one, it would be pretty useless.

  • Medder Kahni

    Quite a lot of glory awaits for this device at XDA and at Cyanogen's.

  • Jo

    Anyone know if you can pre order kindle fire to be delivered in the UK?

  • Martin

    Just been to the Uk site and we have the glorious news of having a new Kindle available to us.....

    It's the £89 version and not the Fire. US website says the Fire is only being sold by Amazon US only!!

    • http://www.gigitsu.com GigiAUT

      It's sad how they always restrict their products to US only when they have a huge potential market everywhere else. We waited for years for Amazon to bring the kindle to Europe and it was an instant hit.

      A tablet with that price and those features would sell just as well here. I know I want one :(

  • ocdtrekkie

    The Nook Color 2 is expected either this month or next month, so I would not expect the Kindle Fire to be so far out ahead of it's competitor for that long.

  • Simon Belmont

    Too bad there's no microSD card slot, or so I hear there isn't. The $200.00 is really nice.

    I am glad I waited on getting my wife a Nook Color (I have one already, rooted and flashed), because now I can see what B&N's response will be to this price wise and with their Nook Color 2 offering. The refurbished Nook Color 1 prices should drop even more too.

  • wackadroid

    lots of features missing on this. this is just a glorified reader. so what if u can browse the nets. so can chumby.

  • Josh

    I get why so many people want to tear this device down (no SD, DRM-locked multimedia, no camera), but does the general public really care?

    I've got a TouchPad which I'll flash to Android if available (preferably dual boot). And performance-wise I'll take my TouchPad over the Fire. But I don't have a dedicated music or video store. And my Kindle app is limited to Amazon's updates.

    Yeah, the Fire won't run some Android apps, has a "limited OS," and lacks large amounts of local storage. But at a fraction of the cost of most other tablets, nothing else comes close.

    And B&N has no interest in creating a Nook with substantially better internals. They make money off of content, not hardware. The 5% of users who will root make no difference to them. Likely, they are now questioning how they can release a device that can offer the number of multimedia options this does.