Amazon Throw Down The Gauntlet: Four New Devices, Basic Kindle $79, Tablet $199

In a very slick presentation in New York this morning, Amazon announced details of four new devices, surprising everyone with their aggressive pricing. The basic Kindle (now without a keyboard) will retail for $79 (with Special Offers, $30 extra without). It’s a new model, faster page-turns, slightly smaller (same screen), black and white e-ink, wifi, one month-long battery life, and is 30% lighter than the Kindle 3, weighing a remarkable 6 ounces (that’s 170g for my metric peeps). It will hold 1,400 books. The Kindle Touch is priced at $99 (again, without Special Offers for $30 more), same e-ink, same wifi, and despite the touchscreen, is lighter than the Kindle 3. It has a two month battery life and holds Read More…

Amazon’s New Tablet – Kindle Fire – Takes Aim At Barnes & Noble, Not Apple

TechCrunch (again) had the scoop last night. Amazon’s much touted announcement tomorrow will be the launch of their new tablet, dubbed Kindle Fire. Aside from ad copy that writes itself (Kindle Fire Sale, anyone?), the details are surprisingly underwhelming. This is not a device to take an Apple’s all-conquering iPad, but a closer look indicates that Amazon may have a different target. The big disappointment, leaked earlier in the month, is that there is no e-ink, and instead will be a backlit LCD screen. The development of color e-ink is still ongoing. Indeed, according to gdgt.com, sources inside Amazon state that the Kindle development team (known internally as Lab 126) “opted not to take on the project, in favor of Read More…