Amazon Unveils Kindle Voyage, Low-End Kindle, and Upgraded Kindle Fire TabletsBy Angel Cuala on Sep 18, 2014 in Tablet, Technology •
Amazon Kindle Voyage
Amazon unveiled on Wednesday the $199 Kindle Voyage, a low-end Kindle, along with the upgraded versions of Kindle Fire tablets. The announcement made during a press event in New York, and a press release was also at Amazon’s official press site.
“We have all the power and performance you need to multitask. Now we’re just making it easier to switch between all the things people want to do. Now we’re just making it easier to switch between all the things people want to do.” Jonathan Oakes, Amazon’s director of product management, said.
The highlight of the event was the Amazon Kindle Voyage, and at 7.6 mm, this is so far the thinnest e-reader ever. This seventh-generation Kindle is being dubbed by Amazon as “the most advanced e-reader we know how to build right now.” As compared to Kindle Paperwhite that offers pixel-per-inch (ppi) resolution, Voyage offers 300 ppi and promises the highest contrast among all the Kindle devices.
This 4-GB Kindle Voyage weighs 6.4 ounces and features an Adaptive Front Light, which automatically adjusts the display brightness depending on the environment. In addition, its PagePress feature allows readers to use their thumb in turning the pages via slight press on the side of the device. Voyage comes with a free 3G connectivity, but costs $199, the most expensive Kindle ever released.
Amazon also unveiled a cheaper Kindle, which costs $79 only. This low-end standard Kindle offers a touch screen display with 167 ppi resolution, but promises a 20% faster processor and twice the storage capacity when compared to the earlier version. Meanwhile, the popular Kindle Paperwhite has now doubled its storage capacity with the same cost of $119.
Meanwhile, the upgraded Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 looks exactly like its predecessor but better and faster. The price remains at $379, but uses the new version of Amazon’s Fire OS 4 “Sangria.” The device still uses the same 8.9-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 display, which has a pixel density of 339 ppi. The added feature called “Dynamic Light Control,” which makes the book pages look more like real paper.
On the other hand, the two new Kindle Fire HD devices come in 6 inches ($99) and 7 inches ($139). Both Kindle devices have the same designs and features, which include a front- and rear-facing camera and an ultrafast quad-core processor. It also has more than 33 million movies, TV shows, magazines, books, songs, and Android apps and games.
The Kindle Voyage, as well all the other new Amazon devices are now available for pre-order at Amazon.com. Shipment is set to start this October.
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