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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).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.