Amazon quietly unveiled 2 new Kindle e-readers and 4 new Fire tablets yesterday. The Fire HD tablets, measuring 6-inches and 7-inches, with quad-core 1.5GHz processors, all day battery life, Dolby Digital Audio and access to all of Amazon’s services. Both will launch in black, white, cobalt, magenta and citron. The 6-inch model will retail for $99 while the 7-inch option will sell for $139. Amazon also introduced a brand new Fire HDX 8.9 with a 70 percent faster graphics engine, a 2.5GHz processor, an “exclusive HDX display” that offers 339ppi and more. Amazon will sell it in October for $379, though pre-orders start today, while a 4G option will also be available for $100 more.
Amazon also introduced a kid-friendly fire tablet that is a rugged version of the Kindle Fire. The tablet comes with a 2 year warranty on the tablet. “If they break it, we’ll replace it. No questions asked,” the company says. A 6-inch model will retail for $149 while a larger 7-inch model will sell for $189.
The new tablets are a welcomed changed to the line of Fire tablets that have continued to be competitive against other tablets on the market. With Apple rumored to release a new line of updated iPads in October their is no better time for Amazon to release these modestly priced tablets. I don’t know if anyone will upgrade their current Fire Tablet but Amazon is definitely grabbing even more users with the low prices and amazing specs.