Amazon Kindle Fire officially unveiled, will cost only $199

Amazon today has officially announced the long-awaited, and often-rumored about Kindle Fire tablet device. This is the digital retailer’s first tablet to hit the market, and they’re banking on their legitimately strong media presence to help boost sales of the device. While some believed Amazon would be unveiling two tablets today, that doesn’t look to be the case.

Details are still coming in from Amazon’s New York-based announcement, but here’s what we know so far: the device will feature a 7-inch IPS display with 1024×600 resolution. It will weigh in at only 14.6 ounces, and come with 8GB of built-in storage. The touchscreen display will be Gorilla Glass. It will be Wi-Fi only, feature Amazon’s proprietary Whispersync technology, and feature Amazon’s own Silk browser. Also under the hood, will be a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor.

All of those features are bundled together in a package that Amazon will sell for only $200. That undermines the pricing of just about everything else out there, including the other Android-powered tablet-like device, Barnes and Noble’s NOOK Color. The Kindle Fire does indeed feature Android as its mobile OS of choice, but as you can see from the image above, it’s been significantly skinned and customized.

The Kindle Fire will be available for purchase on November 15th. Pre-orders are starting now, which reserves your place in line.

More details inbound.

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