Amazon Debuts $199 Kindle Fire

Amazon launched a $199 Android-based tablet yesterday called the Kindle Fire, one which will be available for sale in the US from the 15th of November, an all important date since it is six weeks before Christmas.

The online retailer has not said if and when the tablet will go on sale in the rest of the world, but it is already taking preorders in the US and, like the original tablet, will adopt a first come first served delivery policy.

The device will be Amazon's first colour tablet, one which has apparently been inspired by the RIM Blackberry PlayBook; there's no denying that both appear to be very similar.

The main highlight of the tablet is its 7-inch touchscreen display, which Amazon says can display 16 million colour and uses the same IPS technology (similar to the iPad, stresses the teaser) which makes it great for screen sharing.

As expected, the Kindle Fire comes bundled with a few of Amazon's own goodies: there's a new browser called Silk which leverages Amazon's extensive cloud computing infrastructure and supports Flash, and there's also a vast library of books, movies and songs (more than 17 million of them).