Sep 26th, 2011

On Friday, we told you guys about the press invites Amazon was sending out for their big event being held this Wednesday. Right away we knew what coming — their much hyped Android-based Kindle tablet. While they didn’t exactly reveal anything in the invite, TechCrunch was able to get some of the deets from a tipster who is revealing everything from the design of the tabbie (spoiler: it’s a rectangle) down to the nitty gritty specs of the device. Oh- and let’s not forget the name: Kindle Fire.

Amazon wants to make sure consumers know this isn’t the same ‘ol Kindle e-reader but something completely new and different. The 7-inch device is prepped for a mid-November launch and will feature Amazon’s very own customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will make the OS look largely unrecognizable as far as traditional Android skins go. Make no mistake, this is all about Amazon and their AppStore. Powering the device is a Texas Instruments dual-core OMAP processor (no word on clock speed but most likely 1GHz). Looks wise, it will feature a 7-inch screen and have a form factor that most closely resembles the BlackBerry Playbook. Clean and simple (and boring?). As far as pricing goes, the device is expected to launch at an affordable $250 and $300.

That’s pretty much all we have for now. More will be revealed come this Wednesday during Amazon’s press conference. The mixture of fun, productivity and pricing seems like this could another hit for Amazon. What do you guys think? Will this be a hit for consumers this holiday season? More importantly, will you buy one?

[Via TechCrunch]

 

 

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