Amazon is doubling the amount of RAM in the entry-level Kindle Fire tablet, speeding up the processor, and dropping the price tag.
Starting today you can order a 2nd generation Kindle Fire for $159, and it will ship starting September 14th.
The new model has the same 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display as the original, but it has 1GB of RAM instead of 512MB, and Amazon says it’s 40 percent faster and offers better battery life.
The software also looks like it’s been updated, although the tablet still runs a modified version of Google Android with a virtual book shelf on the home screen to display apps, music, books, movies, and other content purchased from the Amazon store.
Amazon’s new Kindle FreeTime feature also lets you create a custom profile for kids by limiting access to certain apps and setting limits for how much time a kid can use the Kindle Fire each day.
Amazon is phasing out the original Kindle Fire. It’s no longer available for purchase from Amazon.com, but I expect used and refurbished models on eBay and other marketplaces to drop in price pretty soon.
This is just the entry level Kindle Fire. Amazon is also now offering 7 and 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD tablets with higher-resolution displays.
via ABC News