Amazon launches four new UK devices

Amazon launches four new UK devices

Amazon has launched four new devices into the UK market: the Fire HD, the Fire HDX, the new Kindle (with a 20% faster processor), and a new, slimmer Kindle called the Voyage, which Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has described as "the next big step in this mission".
 
In the US, Amazon has also released the Fire HD Kids Edition, a tablet for children.
 
The Kindle Voyage (£169) is Amazon’s “most advanced e-reader” and is one of the thinnest devices the company has ever built (7.6mm). Weighing 80g, it comes with a new paperweight display with better contrast and brightness, a brighter front light and free 3G, meaningusers won’t have to connect to Wi-Fi to download books.
 
“Our mission with Kindle is to make the device disappear, so you can lose yourself in the author’s world,” said c.e.o. Jeff Bezos. “Kindle Voyage is the next big step in this mission. With the thinnest design, highest resolution and highest contrast display, reimagined page turns, and all of the features that readers love about Kindle—books in seconds, no eyestrain or glare, readability in bright sunlight, and battery life measured in weeks, not hours—Kindle Voyage is crafted from the ground up for readers.”
 
Rumours that Amazon would soon launch the Kindle Voyage were circulating yesterday, when listings were spotted Amazon’s German and Japan online stores.
 
The company has also launched its new basic Kindle, which still costs £59 but has a 20% faster processor and twice the storage of the previous model.
 
The other two devices on sale today are the new Fire HD and the Fire HDX 8.9 tablets. The Fire HD has a camera for the first time and graphics processing is three times faster than last year's model. It comes in two sizes; 6” (from £79) and 7” (from £119).
 
Amazon said the new Fire HDX 8.9 (£329) is its “most powerful tablet” and is “designed to do it all”. New features include a faster 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, 4x faster Wi-Fi, and the ability to edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the device.
 
All four of the new devices are available for pre-order now and will ship on 2nd October.
 
In the US, Amazon is also launching its first device for children. The Fire HD Kids edition comes with one year of Amazon FreeTime, meaning users can download books, films, TV programmes, apps and games at no additional cost. FreeTime also allows parents to block unsuitable content.
 
It will retail at $149 for the 6” version and $189” for the 7” and comes with a kid-proof case to protect it from wear and tear.