Amazon Updates Kindle Fire, Drops Price6 Sep, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
New IMDb feature allows users to find information on actors while streaming content
Amazon Sept. 6 unveiled an updated edition of its Kindle Fire tablet featuring high-definition resolution, bigger screen size and faster processor, among other features.
Notable to streaming users is the “X-ray for Movies” feature that allows users to look up any actor in the scene or movie, see what other movies they have been in, and view photos and biographies while viewing the content.
The “X-ray” app is backed by the Internet movie database (IMDb), which is owned by Amazon.
“This is the culmination of everything we’ve been working on for over 20 years and is the result of a combination of sophisticated technology and old-fashioned hard work,” Col Needham, IMDb’s founder and CEO, said in a statement.
Amazon, which earlier this week announced it had sold out of the original Fire tablet, made the announcement at special event in Santa Monica, Calif.
The new Kindle Fire tablets feature an OMAP4 4470 processor, 8.9-inch screen with 1920x1200 display, compared with a 7-inch screen for the original, and will start shipping Nov. 20 at $299. A 7-inch screen Fire HD with Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage will retail for $199.
Amazon said the new tablets feature 40% faster downloads and streaming compared with the next fastest tablet on the market, in addition to dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio — available for the first time on a tablet.
For $499, consumers get the same large-screen HD tablet with 32GB of storage plus 4G LTE wireless and one-year data package valued at $49.99.
Amazon dropped the prices of the original Fire to $159 from $199 and the Kindle reader to $69 from $79. The company also unveiled the Kindle Paperwhite designed to allow reading in the dark, which the original Kindle does not. The Paperwhite will ship Oct. 1.