New Amazon Kindle family released, starts at $79

Amazon Kindle Family

Amazon has unveiled its new family of Kindle e-readers boasting of lighter form factor and swift performance while carrying affordable price tags. The latest generation Amazon Kindle e-reader is accompanied with the Amazon Kindle Touch and Touch 3G e-readers in addition to the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet possessing multimedia functionalities.

The extremely portable New Amazon Kindle sports a new design and is about 18 percent smaller than its predecessors. The 6-inch electronic ink display of this reader makes it apt for use in brightly lit surroundings. The latest addition to the range dubbed Kindle Touch is also fitted with the electronic ink display but is said to offer a better multitouch interface. This sleek e-reader with a long battery life is integrated with the X-Ray feature to help users search passages from a book which mention ideas, characters, historical places and more.

“Kindle Fire brings together all of the things we’ve been working on at Amazon for over 15 years into a single, fully-integrated service for customers. With Kindle Fire, you have instant access to all the content, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, the convenience of Amazon Whispersync, our revolutionary cloud-accelerated web browser, the speed and power of a state-of-the-art dual-core processor, a vibrant touch display with 16 million colors in high resolution, and a light 14.6 ounce design that’s easy to hold with one hand – all for only $199. We’re offering premium products, and we’re doing it at non-premium prices,” stated Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO.

The Kindle Touch 3G is a step ahead of the Touch e-reader as it provides 3G functionality free of charge. This device negates the need for a Wi-Fi connection, monthly rentals or annual contracts to download books in over 100 countries. And the final device to be included is the much speculated Kindle Fire tablet which provides instant access to Amazon’s digital content such as movies, TV shows, apps, songs, magazines along with the Android market.

The Fire tablet running on a version of the Android OS is outfitted with 7-inch color LCD touchscreen featuring the IPS technology utilized in the iPad. Fuelled by a dual-core processor, this durable device is deployed with the Whispersync technology which remembers the last page read as well as streamed videos to resume where users left. Also, the Amazon Silk feature facilitates faster web browsing whereas the cloud storage allows saving Amazon books in the Amazon Cloud.

The new Amazon Kindle e-reader is priced at $79 is now available through the official website. The Amazon Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G e-readers and Amazon Kindle Fire tablet carry a price tag of $99, $149 and $199 respectively, and are now up for pre-order. These devices will start shipping in November this year.