Amazon Unveils New E-Reader, Updates 'Fire'

Jeff Bezos introduces Kindle Paperwhite
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 6, 2012 4:24 PM CDT
Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, holds the Kindle Paperwhite at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Paperwhite devices in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – Amazon's got a host of new gadgets on the way. Founder Jeff Bezos today announced the Kindle Fire HD, an upgraded tablet that comes in two sizes, starting at $199, USA Today reports. "We were happy last year to have the best tablet at a certain price. This year we want to have the best tablet at any price," Bezos said. The tablet is available in a 7-inch version, an 8.9-inch version, and an 8.9-inch 4G LTE version, notes the Verge.

The larger machine offers a 1920x1200, 254 ppi display. Meanwhile, the original Kindle Fire is getting an update—and a price drop, to $159. Finally, there's the Paperwhite, a new e-reader. It offers a front-lit screen that's sharper than its predecessors, and comes in a $119 Wi-Fi version and a $179 3G model. According to Bezos, it's "thinner than a magazine, lighter than a paperback," reports the Verge. And sorry, there's no smartphone in sight. (Read more Amazon stories.)

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