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Amazon Kindle Fire: The $199 Tablet People Want?

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Amazon announced the Amazon Kindle Fire yesterday. It’s a new 7″ tablet priced at $199.99 USD. What’s impressive about this is the kind of power that’s packed in this low cost tablet; it’s essentially a stripped down Blackberry Playbook running on a highly modified version of Android Gingerbread.

  • Display: 7″ 1024 x 600 IPS
  • Weight: 413g
  • Processor: 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9
  • Memory: 512MB
  • Storage: 8GB (not expandable)
  • Networking: Wi-Fi

Early impressions of the device has been positive with some folks praising the device as a possible Android rival despite the fact that it’s powered by Android.

Who knew an online retailer would be such a huge player in the tablet market?

Well, the reality is that Amazon.com is more than an online retailer in the United States. They have an MP3 service, a cloud storage service, a movie streaming service and even a an web services. And don’t forget the Kindle brand which they’re leveraging to get into the tablet market.

Meanwhile in Canada, Amazon.ca is moving along slowly without the slightest hint of even offering any of the above.

Oh well.

The Amazon Kindle Fire launches November 15 and you can pre-order one at Amazon.com. No details on when Amazon.ca will get it.

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