Amazon to unveil ‘Kindle Fire’ –

Posted: September 27, 2011 in News, Technology
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Color is coming to the Kindle.

At least that’s what the tech blogosphere expects to happen on Wednesday at an Amazon press conference.

The maker of the world’s most popular e-book reader is rumored to be announcing a color, touch-screen tablet device called the “Kindle Fire,” according to the blog TechCrunch, which claims to have seen the gadget.

Here are the Kindle Fire’s specs, according to that site and others:

— 7-inch color screen, compared to 6-inch for current Kindles

— Wi-Fi only (no 3G version)

— Touch-screen navigation

— Glowing LED screen instead of paper-like e-ink

— Android operating system

— Hits stores in November

— Current Kindle will remain on sale

The Kindle tablet is remarkably similar to BlackBerry’s PlayBook tablet, says Ryan Block at the blog GDGT, and that’s because both were built and designed by the same manufacturing company. Block, who cites unnamed sources, says Amazon used the design for the unpopular BlackBerry tablet as a starting point.

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