The latest tablet to hit the scene is the Fire from Amazon, so far it looks as if it has the best chance out of all the tablets on the market on making a dent in the strangle hold that Apple have had with the iPad. The feeling is that Apple will still sell more devices, but the Fire will be closing in.
It stands more chance than any other device simply because the device is cheaper, it looks a bit like the Blackberry Playbook and Amazon have a huge range of apps, books and music that consumers are already used to buying from Amazon. However, it is believed that Amazon will be losing money on every Fire sold, how long that will last is another matter.
These are the technical details for the Amazon Kindle Fire;
Display – 7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.
Size (in inches) – 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).
Weight – 14.6 ounces (413 grams).
System Requirements – None, because it’s wireless and doesn’t require a computer.
On-device Storage – 8GB internal. That’s enough for 80 apps, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
Cloud Storage – Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery Life – Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.
Charge Time – Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.
Wi-Fi Connectivity – Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
USB Port – USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
Audio – 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.
Content Formats Supported – Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.
Documentation – Quick Start Guide(included in box); Kindle User’s Guide (pre-installed on device)
Warranty and Service – 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here.
Included in the Box – Kindle Fire device, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.
The pre-order price is $199.99 and the Fire will be released on the 15th November 2011.
Source [Daily Mail]