Amazon Announces New Kindles


At a press conference today, Amazon,, announced its new lineup of Kindle devices including the newest generation Kindle, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and a new device, Kindle Paperwhite.

First up, the tech giant unveiled a new device, Kindle Paperwhite, which boasts higher resolution, a patented built-in light, and eight weeks of battery life. Some industry pundits are comparing the device to the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, which was released earlier this year. The Kindle Paperwhite is only $119 and Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi + 3G is $179. With Kindle’s free 3G connection, users can download and read books anytime.

At the press conference, Amazon also announced its new lineup of Kindle and Kindle Fire devices. The newest generation Kindle is smaller, lighter, faster, and only $69, while the new Kindle Fire is 40% faster and only $159.

The company also revealed the new Kindle Fire HD, which provides an HD display, Dolby audio, and dual-stereo speakers. Amazon has announced three versions of the device. Two of the versions, a 7-inch for $199; an 8.9-inch for $299, will feature 16GB. A third version, the Kindle Fire HD has 32GB of storage and 4G LTE wireless powered by the latest generation 4G chipset, and will sell for $499. In fact, Amazon says it has created its own wireless modem for this version.

Regarding data plans, Amazon has announced a plan where customers pay a one-time cost of $49.99 and receive 250MB a month of data for one year.

That’s not all. Beyond announcing new devices, Amazon also has a few new features for the devices. One is X-Ray for Movies, which allows users to look up an actor during a movie and see the IMDb profile. With Immersion Reading, text is highlighted as it is narrated, creating a more immersive experience. Whispersync for Games syncs a user’s place in the game and saves unlocked levels, meaning if the user gets a new device the progress is backed up in the cloud. Another new feature, Kindle FreeTime, allows parents to select the content kids can see and limit screen time by content type.

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