Amazon debuted quite a few devices today but none was more impressive than the Kindle Fire.
This is a 7" Android tablet running a custom home screen on top of Gingerbread. It's using a dual core 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAPs CPU with Wifi, 8GB Flash storage, unlimited storage ion Amazon's servers, but no camera or Bluetooth. I checked the model number and this is the Do1400 tablet that I found last night on the FCC.
It's going to ship with the all of Amazon's apps, including mp3, video, Kindle, shopping, Appstore. This tablet is very much designed to get you to buy stuff from Amazon. It's also quite clear that I've wrong all along; this is a subsidized tablet. Based on the specs, I beleive Amazon are taking a loss on this tablet in order to get in front of your eyeballs.
It's also going to ship with the new Amazon Silk browser. This app is is part of the new generation of hybrid browsers, and this one works much like the Opera Mini web browser, Part of the app runs on the kFire and part runs on Amazon's servers. Splitting the workload means that you'll get a better and faster browsing experience. Amazon are spending their own money to run the servers, too.
All content bought from Amazon will also be backed up for you just like Kindle ebooks. I asked, but I couldn't get confirmation that it would support Kindle Cloud, which means personal ebooks might not be archived.
In the few minutes that I had it in front of me, I thought it was quite zippy. I think it might be using a better Kindle app and I was quite impressed with how well it did Angry Birds and showed videos. It's much nicer than any other $200 tablet. When it hits the market in November at $199 it will quite literally overturn the entire budget tablet market.
This might be a Playbook clone but with its current price I do not care. I don't see why anyone thought this was a make-do tablet. It also could undercut the premium tablets. Yes performance was that good.
The Playbook is dead. The HTC Flyer is dead. Right now the only surviving spot for a premium tablet is 10", and that will only last until Amazon release the 10" version of the Kindle Fire. It's rumored to be arriving next year, and it could spell doom for well, everyone.
This tablet has pretty decent specs when compared to the Nook Color. Screen resolution is the same and the kFire has an extra CPU core, the same amount of Flash storage, a newer version of Android. The kFire also costs $50 than the current NookColor, and that could be the killer.
Barnes & Noble are going to have to discount pretty steeply if they want their new tablet, the NookColor Acclaim, to have a shot. Current list price for the Acclaim is $350 and after what I've seen today that is simply too much.