The Kindle Fire is a tablet version of Amazon.com‘s Kindle e-book reader. Announced on 28 September 2011, the Kindle Fire will have a color 7″ multi-touch display with IPS technology and run on a modified version of Google’s Android operating system.
It includes access to Amazon’s app store, streaming movies and TV shows in addition to Kindle’s e-books. It is scheduled to be released in mid November. The device will sell for US$199. Its external dimensions are 7.5″ x 4.7″. Excluding its external border the screen is a little larger than a 4×6 picture.
Content formats supported by Kindle Fire are:
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. It does not support the standard EPUB book format used by Google Books and other publishers.
Amazon Kindle Fire Full Technical Details (spec)
|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.|