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Amazon unveils Kindle Touch, Touch 3G & Kindle Fire

Amazon announces a full touchscreen Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G, both shedding off the physical keyboard. That, plus the Kindle Fire, which is basically a cheap, dual-core, multi-touch tablet.

There’s the all-new Kindle which now retails for just $79! Same 6-inch screen but 30% lighter, 18% smaller and has a built-in WiFi. Available now at the Amazon store.

The Kindle Touch is basically a step towards the right direction for Amazon, making the popular Kindle a full multi-touch screen e-reader.

It’s smaller and lighter than the previous Kindle and uses the most-advanced E-Ink display with support for multi-touch.

The best part is that Amazon is offering the Kindle Touch at an amazing $99 price. There’s a 3G version also which costs $149 and support international roaming for free.

These will be released on November 21.

The Kindle Fire is the most interesting since it is able to install and run apps from the Amazon App Store (the equivalent of Google’s Android Market).

Amazon Kindle Fire
7-inch IPS multi-touch display @ 1024×600 pixel
Dual-core processor
8GB internal storage
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
micro-USB 2.0 port
3.5mm audio jack
Amazon App Store

Amazon claims up to 7.5 hours video playback on single charge, not bad for a 7-inch tablet (although the BB Playbook can do up to 10 hours). It’s a little longer when reading ebooks at 8 hours.

The Kindle Fire also comes with Amazon Silk, a cloud-accelerated web browser. Amazon will also offer free, unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content (apps, movies, music, ebooks, etc.).

The Kindle Fire will retail for only $199 and starts shipping on November 15.

Note though that the prices quoted above are the ones that come with Special Offer which are basically advertising that shows up when the Kindle is on screensaver.

The prices, without the Special Offers, are the following:

New Kindle: $109
Kindle Touch: $139
Kindle Touch 3G: $189
Kindle Fire: $199 (no Special Offers)

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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28 Responses

  1. Arnold says:

    Amazon forgot to specify what Android flavor will the Kindle Fire be using.
    Are you getting it Abe?

  2. deuts says:

    That $79 Kindle with Special Offers is not available for shipping to the Philippines. I guess you have to order the $109 (without the Special Offers) in order to have it shipped here in PH.

  3. spbx says:

    another $199 tablet? and dual core too? beats the lenovo spec wised

  4. garz says:

    Kindle Touch is perfect! I think this is the time to get one :D

  5. Clar says:

    I’m sorry but this is a noob question. I’m actually new to online shopping and was hesitant before kc d ko maxado alam ang kalakaran. May I know po kng ano ang sistema nito at ng taxes once you order a shipment overseas tulad sa mga gadgets na to? Can I simply use paypal payment for this? Thanks!

    • benchmark says:

      usually pagpasok dito nung product, dito ka papatawan ng tax…medyo uncertain to pag compute ng tax dito ng costoms eh…kasi alam mo na, Pinas pa…hanggat kaya nila, gagawa sila ng paraan para maperahan ka.

      And as sa paypay, you put address kasi dun di ba? so maybe if your address is not US, baka mareject lang.

    • Jay says:

      Amazon does not officially take paypal for payments. AFAIK you need to get a paypal debit card if you want to pay via paypal.

  6. Joanne says:

    Ooooh! Checked the Kindle Fire over at Engadget and it seems like a beauty. Too bad Amazon’s only letting the US Pre-Order – hopefully this is only for now.

  7. Frances says:

    I’m not interested in getting a tablet, at least not anytime soon. But when I saw this ohmygod i want a Kindle Fire!

  8. Ronald says:

    I tried to purchase the Kindle Touch but it’s not available for shipping to the Philippines. The only ones they’ll ship here are the non-touch Kindle and the old versions (Kindle Keyboard and Kindle DX). No Kindle Fire for PH either. Boo!

  9. Shakey says:

    How about using Johnny Air?

  10. Kindle Fire is almost perfect. It would be nice to watch movies, listen to music or browse sites with audio using a bluetooth headset.

    Another thing, how soon do you think will they make it available in the Philippines?

  11. hanjo says:

    what!!! very, very minor improvement over the Barnes & Noble nook color? i thought amazon was cooking up something that could be very, very appealing.(im talking about the k-fire)

    i shouldn’t have waited for this. just when i thought i can have a color ereader as an alternative to my sony ereader. and those e-ink ereaders of kindle cannot compete with my sony prs-650 spec-wise.

  12. Gilbert says:

    Not bad. hehe

    if your interested, HP Philippines is running HusayPinoy Snap-on Cover creativity contest. 4 hp notebooks and digital cameras will be given away.


  13. manaka_junpei says:

    i hate monochrome versions, doon na tayo s Fire….

  14. kraven says:

    A reputable dealer in Sulit offers preorders for 10,800 pesos for the kindle fire…got my kindle 3 from this dealer last year. Just bought the B&N color yesterday and this is my next target…good job Amazon…

    Only drawback is that it is not expandable…8gig is quite insufficient…

  15. Val says:

    Ang ganda ng kfire! Thank you Amazon for launching an affordable and amazing tablet. No. 1 on the Christmas wishlist. :)

  16. grissom says:

    This looks a buy! But how will the Amazon OS work in the Philippines? Thanks.

  17. Tristan says:

    Time to make a call in our relatives in the US! LOL! I’ve never been so excited about tablets until I’ve read about Kindle Fire! I’m drooling now and yes, this is very timely to have as a christmas gift!

  18. Mae says:

    Please enlighten me.
    If I order, for example, Kindle Fire and have it shipped to a relative’s address in US then she’ll include it in balikbayan box, will I still be able to connect in wi-fi hotspots here in pinas?

  19. jondp says:

    sir yuga, i ordered one from my relatives from the US. now im wondering kung meron magiging problem regarding the applications within this tablet.thanks!

  20. Florence Tejadilla says:

    Anyone knows where I can find a store that sells the Kindle Touch?

  21. Where can I go for servicing of my Kindle Fire? Got it as a gift and I haven’t maximized its use. First, I had a hard time turning the power on. Now I can’t access the books that I downloaded. It doesn’t load. Thank you.

  22. Paolo Joseph Cabase says:

    Where can I download kindle fire free games and apps? Can you give me a website, pls.

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