The tablet is only 0.3 inches thick, and 567 g. It also has dual-band Wi-Fi and two antennas.
California: Amazon unveiled new models of its Kindle Fire tablet computer Thursday, including a bigger version with a high-definition display, in a clear challenge to the market-leading iPad.
Analysts said the Amazon upgrades — as well as launching the hugely popular Fire devices outside the US, starting in Europe later this year —signaled the online giant has its sights on challenging Apple’s longstanding dominance.The new Kindle Fire HD will be offered with an 8.9-inch display, along with an upgraded version of the tablet launched in a smaller format last year, said Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos.
“When combined with our enormous content ecosystem, unmatched cross-platform interoperability and standard-setting customer service, we hope people will agree that Kindle Fire HD is the best high-end tablet anywhere, at any price.”
Analyst and consultant Rob Enderle tweeted: “Is Amazon the New Apple? I think Amazon just stole the tablet market,” adding that for “the key uses of a tablet —reading, games, movies — Amazon is now better in all three.”The large-display tablet is only 0.3 inches thick, and weighs 567 g. The Kindle Fire HD has dual-band Wi-Fi and two antennas.
Bezos said the upgraded Wi-Fi specifications and increased processing clout would make it run 41 per cent faster than the latest version of the iPad, launched earlier this year.Amazon will offer three versions of the tablet.