Amazon Kindle Fire launches as 7-inch Android tablet

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Amazon confirms the Amazon Kindle Fire, a 7-inch Android tablet with a colour touchscreen display. A Kindle Fire release date has been set for November

Following months of speculation Amazon has officially unveiled the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet with the 7-inch Android device set to launch on Novemeber 15th.

Officially announced at a press conference held by the online retailer in New York City, the Amazon Kindle Fire is be made available for just $199 (£127) in the US with Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet-centric operating system given a major spruce thanks to Amazon’s heavily customised bespoke UI.

Amazon Kindle Fire Specs

Sporting a 7-inch LCD touchscreen display with a Gorilla Glass coating and a 1024 x 600p resolution the Kindle Fire lines up at a similar size to the Samsung Galaxy Tab and BlackBerry PlayBook with a dual-core processor landing alongside 8GB of internal storage enhanced by access to the Amazon cloud service.

The tablet’s battery life is touted at 8 hours of reading or 7.5-hours of continued video playbook with a sleek design seeing the device measure up at just 11.4mm thick.

Unlike its Apple branded rival the Kindle Fire will not play host to an integrated camera, front or rear, with connectivity options to be handled by inbuilt Wi-Fi. Unlike the company’s Kindle e-readers and rival tablets, the Kindle Fire will not be available in a 3G capable guise.

Landing as more than an outlet for e-books the Kindle Fire, which lines up at just 413g in weight, is to be a full on multimedia hub with access available to Amazon Prime, a streaming service playing host to 100,000 movies and TV shows as well as 17 million songs.

Amazon Kindle Fire Release Date

Set to go on sale in the US on November 15th the Amazon Kindle Fire is lining up to be one of the must-have Christmas gadgets sure to capitalise on the imminent festive shopping rush. Pre-orders for the Android tablet are open now via Amazon.com.

Amazon Kindle Fire Price

With many expecting Amazon to sell the Kindle Fire as a loss leading device in order to forge a place in the market and benefit from content sales, the retailer looks to have done just that handing the Kindle Fire a $199 (£127) price tag.

Amazon has yet to confirm a Kindle Fire UK release date or pricing information, stay tuned to T3.com for all the latest.

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