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Amazon introduces Kindle Fire

New Amazon tablet to take on iPad

Amazon introduced it’s much anticipated Kindle Fire tablet on Wednesday. The tablet features a seven inch touch screen and will run on a unique version of Google Android developed by Amazon. It will sell for $199 and is set to ship on Nov. 15.

The first tablet from the world’s largest online retailer has been eagerly anticipated as the first device that might be able to compete with Apple’s iPad. Not only is it sold at a more affordable price, but the Kindle Fire offers a full suite of downloadable music, movies, TV shows, eBooks and apps.

Many have tried to copy the iPad’s success, but so far none have come close. Apple sold 28.7 million iPads from April 2010 to June 2011.

The tablet has a dual-core processor and eight gigabytes of storage, but no camera or 3G connection. Buyers of the Kindle Fire will receive a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, the Seattle online retailer’s $79 yearly service that provides free video streaming and free shipping for items purchased from Amazon.com. 

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, announced the Kindle Fire in New York on Wednesday.

Amazon began taking pre-orders for the Kindle Fire on Wednesday.

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