Amazon launches tablet computer

2011-09-28 17:10

New York - Amazon unveiled a tablet computer, the Kindle Fire, on Wednesday in a challenge to Apple's market-leading iPad.

The Kindle Fire, with a price tag of $199, has a 7-inch screen, smaller than the iPad's 9.7-inch, and Wi-Fi connectivity, the Seattle-based online retail giant announced at a launch event in Manhattan.

Presenting the new tablet to the press, Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos said the Kindle Fire features a new web browser called Amazon Silk.

He said Kindle Fire owners would have access to the 11 000 films and television shows in the Amazon library and the 17 million songs.

According to technology analysts, an Amazon tablet could pose the most serious challenge yet to Apple's dominance of the fast-growing market for touchscreen tablet computers.

  • beej - 2011-09-28 17:15

    Just Checked it out No 3G... only wifi Therefore useless in 3rd world countries

      Viparo - 2011-09-28 17:53

      Why? Do third world countries not have wifi? What do you think your 3G bill would be streaming 11 000 movies and tv shows?

      AntonioP - 2011-09-28 23:04

      ...And no internal heater too. Therefore useless in Antarctica.

  • Sybelle Albrecht - 2011-09-28 18:02

    i'm using amazon kindle with wifi in SA without any problems. The tablet is just an extension of kindle.

  • stockbuzzindia - 2011-09-28 18:16

    Aggressive pricing by Amazon Kindle Fire. This tablet will click.

  • Witsie101 - 2011-09-28 18:35

    Another lost battle against the mighty iPad

      Belatu - 2011-09-28 20:01

      Yep, because like with Samsung, Apple will just sue them to stop them from selling a superior product.

      mreyneke - 2011-09-29 05:34

      Omw, everyone here is missing the point - the Kindle Fire is in a totally different market to the iPad. The fact that amazon has been rolling out supporting structures (Amazon app store, upgrades to backend) over the last few months and have priced the Fire well below the iPad ($200 vs $500) makes a compelling statement. Only time will tell if people want such a tablet, and whether it can get some kind of market share for the tablet market, but one thing is for sure, Amazon weren't idiots, and they carefully ensured that the iPad isnt one of their direct competitors!

      Herb - 2011-09-29 11:53

      lol apples and pares its half the price of an Ipad you don't compare a R100 000 car with a R200 000 one ?

  • loodpunt - 2011-09-28 19:16

    This is a competitor for the Ipad. Normal Kindles continue as is, thankfully.

      Witsie101 - 2011-09-28 20:11

      lol lol it's funny how every android tablet released is regarded as a competition to the iPad...Apple owns the tablet market

  • AntonioP - 2011-09-28 19:40

    With that sort of price, if the screen is decent, it would be a perfect device for displaying media. I will still use my kindle-keyboard for reading books (simply unrivalled for that.) but pdf's pics, or movie s need a different screen. Can't wait.

      Herb - 2011-09-29 11:51

      Agreed I was so stoked when I saw new E-Ink models also as I use my kindle 3 extensively... but the Fire will be a nice addition without forking out $500 for an Ipad...

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