We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Amazon Kindle Fire $199

Less than half the price of the market-leading Apple iPad

Today Amazon have officially announced the launch of their hugely anticipated Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.

Much speculation has been done about how much Amazon were going to charge for the device and the general consensus was that it would be a lot cheaper than other mainstream tablet has been proven correct.

See also: Amazon Kindle Fire review

The Kindle Fire will run a custom version of Google Android with an unique Amazon-branders interface and will only cost $199. An official UK price is still yet to be announced.

The Kindle Fire features a OMAP4430 processor like the BlackBerry Playbook and is being designed and built by the same people too. One new feature for the Kindle touch is Prime Instant Video, it costs $79 a year and you get access to 11,000 movies and TV shows (commercial free).

Kindle touchCEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos said the success of the Amazon Kindle devices, despite some initial negative press, was because of what he calls the 'end-to-end' service and that has led to digital book sales now outselling physical books.

Customers in the US will be able to pre-order the tablet today, but the shipping of the devices will not take place until November 21st.

Amazon haven't stopped there either, they have also announced the launch of a $149 no charge, no commitment 3G kindle, available in 100 countries around the world. And an even smaller, even faster standard 170g eReader Amazon Kindle to be priced at $79 (£89 in the UK).

For more information about the new Amazon Kindle Fire see: Amazon Kindle Fire tablet launches

$79 Kindle

IDG UK Sites

Windows 10 release date, price, features UK: Staggered release with PCs coming first this summer -...

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

How to get a job in design

IDG UK Sites

MacBook Pro 15in preview: better battery life, faster storage and a new discrete graphics chip may...