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Inside the new Kindle e-readers

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The Kindle Fire was not the only official product launched yesterday by Amazon. CEO Jeff Bezos, also introduced three new Kindle eBook Readers, priced even cheaper than the current models.

The Kindle Fire, Amazon’s flagship reader is able to use all applications available from the Android Market Place, features a touch screen interface and uses a “Kindle Skinned”” Android operating system.

Kindle Fire

Size

7.1-inch

Resolution

1024 X 600 pixels

Input/ User Interface

Gorilla Coating

Multi Touch

Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate

Light-Sensor (Ambient)

Gyroscope

System Properties

Operating System

Google Android OS

CPU

TI OMAP4 Dual-Core Processor

Storage Capacity

Internal Memory

– 8GB Internal Memory Storage

Expandable Memory

Browser & Messaging

HTML, Flash

MMS, SMS, IM, Email, RSS

Camera

Still

NO

Secondary

NO

Video Recording

NO

Connectivity

Bluetooth

v2.1 with EDR Stereo, HID, A2DP, GAVDP

USB

v2.0 Micro USB

Headset

3.5mm stereo headset jack

Radio

WLAN

802.11 b/g/n/x

GPS

3G

Yes

Video & Audio

Audio & Video Formats

Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI,

GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI,

OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

Battery

Type

Li-Ion Standard Battery

Video Playback Time

Up to 7.5 Hours

Usage Time

Up to 8 hours of continuous reading (Wi-Fi Off)

Other Features

Android Market, G-mail, Google Maps, G-Talk

3G and Kindle Touch

These two models are similar to their respective predecessors, however the both are said to be smaller and lighter. The Touch 3G offers 3G connectivity and is claimed to be able to work on networks in over 100 countries. The Touch is a standard Kindle reader with a touch screen.

Also announced was a Kindle under $79 or around R620. This reader does not have a touch screen interface but instead uses a 5-way controller for navigation.

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