Amazon is updating its line of Kindle eReaders and tablets, and the new entry-level Kindle is a $79 device that has a touchscreen display and a processor that’s twice as fast as the model it replaces.

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The new Kindle features a 6 inch, Pearl E Ink display with 167 pixels per inch and 4GB of storage. It weighs 6.7 ounces, measures 0.4 inches thick, and lasts for weeks on a charge.

The eReader features 802.11n WiFi which you can use to download content from the Kindle Store.

Amazon’s $79 price is for a model with “special offers,” which means that there are ads on the home screen. You can pay $20 more for a model without special offers.

While the starting price is $10 higher than Amazon had been charging for the previous model, this is the company’s cheapest Kindle with a touchscreen to date. Sadly the new Kindle still lacks some features that were present in older models that have since been discontinued, such as support for text-to-speech and MP3 audio playback.


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2 replies on “Amazon launches $79 Kindle with a touchscreen”

  1. What is it with Amazon’s obsession with NOT supporting audio? It’s as if no removable storage or battery and dripping with DRM wasn’t enough. I’ll pass on these things.

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