Amazon Announces Brand New Kindles, and They’re Pretty Awesome

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Amazon just had a launch event for several new Kindles and Kindle Fires. Here’s a brief rundown. (You can expect more analysis and my impressions in a followup post.)

Amazon has said that we’ll be able to order these today, but they are not yet for sale on Amazon. Stay tuned. This page will be updated with links when they are available.

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite

This is an e-ink Kindle with a whiter, more paper-like screen, as opposed to the grayish color that Kindles have traditionally been.

  • $119 for the regular version. Click here to check it out on Amazon.
  • $179 for the 3G version. Click here to check it out on Amazon.
  • You can order either one today, and they ship October 1.
  • The Paperwhite has 62% (221 ppi) more pixels than the last generation of Kindles.
  • “Light Guide” technology, which is like a “fiber optic cable flattened out.” This means that you can read the thing in the dark. The light points down instead of away, making it easy to read in bright light.
  • It has a touch screen.
  • It has an 8-week battery life with the light on.
  • It weighs as much as the Kindle Touch but is a bit thinner.
  • It has new, optimized fonts that look nicer and are easier to read.
  • Time to Read feature tells you how long it will take you to read a book. It adjusts based on your speed. This is pretty darn neat.

Kindle

The new KindleClick here to check it out on Amazon.

This is the cheapest Kindle and is the newest version of the basic Kindle.

  • It costs $69. You can order today and it will ship on September 14.
  • It’s black instead of the silvery color of the previous versions of the Kindle.
  • It also has the new fonts that are more crisp.
  • It has 15% faster page turns.

Kindle Fire

Click here to check it out on Amazon.

The regular Kindle Fire that we know and love so well has received an upgrade.

  • It costs $159 and ships on 9/14. You can order it today.
  • It is 40% faster overall.
  • It has twice the RAM.

Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HDThe most important and interesting (to me) features are in bold.

  • It comes in 2 versions (well actually 3, but the third one is below).
  • The 8.9″ version costs $299 (16 GB) or $369 (32 GB) and ships on November 20. Click here to check it out on Amazon.
  • The 7″ version costs $199 (16 GB) or $249 (32 GB) and ships September 14. Click here to check it out on Amazon.
  • 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • Front-facing camera
  • 25% less glare and better viewing at all angles
  • Stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus
  • 5GHz band for WiFi, with 2 antennas for better connectivity and a faster connection
  • 16 GB of hard drive space
  • Whispersync for Voice – You can listen to an audiobook (in your car, for example) and then pick up reading where you left off when you get home.
  • Immersion Reading – Listen to an audiobook while you read it.
  • X-Ray for Movies – This is from a partnership with IMDb (which Amazon actually owns). You can pause a move and it will tell you what actors are on the screen and what other movies they’re in.
  • Whispersync for Games – You can easily start a game where you left off.
  • There is a new email system for corporate users.
  • Kindle FreeTime – You can limit screen time for kids. It’s a built-in app. You can have separate settings for different users, and for different activities. So you can set it for your daughter to be able to watch 30 minutes of a movie or TV show and then be able to read for two hours.
  • It has Bluetooth and an HDMI output.

Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE

Kindle Fire HD 4GClick here to check it out on Amazon.

This Kindle is Amazon’s top-of-the-line model.

  • It’s $499 for the 32 GB version and $599 for the 64 GB version. You can order it now and it will ship on November 20.
  • A data plan will cost $49.99 a year with 250MB data transfer a month. This isn’t enough to be able to stream video, but that’s an incredibly cheap price.
  • 8.9″ screen.
  • 4G LTE wireless
  • 32 GB of on-board storage
  • Free 20 GB cloud storage
  • Free $10 Amazon Appstore credit

Pretty cool, eh?

[Photos via CNET and Amazon]