“From Kindle, Fire is born.” That’s how Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos concluded the Kindle Fire unveiling just a few minutes ago. It is without doubt the cheesiest line I’ve heard in a long time, and I furging love it.
Various leaks over the past few weeks had given the proverbial game away almost in its entirety, but it was still quite exciting hearing it come straight from the horse’s mouth. Not that I’m calling you a horse, Jeff.
For what seemed like hours (it was barely 30 minutes in reality), Jeff talked about the various Amazon services, as well as showing off the spanking new $79 Kindle, the keyboardless Kindle Touch, and the Kindle 3G. They look pretty impressive too.
But you know what we really came to hear about, Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen.
The Amazon Kindle Fire will have a 7in display, dual-core processor, completely customised Android-based UI, and looks a lot like a BlackBerry PlayBook. But hell, we knew all that already.
Ooh, there’s a Gorilla Glass display. We didn’t know that, did we? Nice. So the Amazon Kindle Fire’s screen will be able to handle a bit of rough.
Jeff was understandably keen to big up Amazon’s Cloud storage, meaning you can delete stuff from your Kindle Fire whenever you like and easily get it back.
Amazon Silk “dynamic split” web browsing will offer a faster experience too. "It'll seem like a traditional browser, just a lot faster and a lot better than you're used to working with."
All that for $199. Not. Bad. It'll start shipping on November 15.
We’re currently awaiting a press release from Amazon UK. Should have an update shortly…
image: The Guardian