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Amazon Kindle Fire: The Hardware

The hardware specifications of the new Kindle Fire are very familiar as it reminds us of the RIM Blackberry Playbook tablet which was launched late last year and is apparently a close cousin of the Kindle Fire (they both share the same ODM).

Apart from the 7-inch 1024x600 pixel IPS capacitive touchscreen, the Kindle Fire also comes with the same dual core SoC, a TI OMAP4xx0 model clocked at 1GHz, but with half the onboard memory and storage (512MB and 8GB respectively).

There's no 3G, front or rear camera, microSD card slot or GPS; but the lack of these doesn't come as a surprise. You do though get a customised version of Android, free cloud-based storage for all Amazon content, access to tens of millions of files and Amazon's own silk browser.

What is surprising is the 7.5 hours of video playback battery life that the Amazon Kindle Fire is expected to deliver, which is much lower than the Playbook and hints at a lower capacity battery.

Given that a smaller battery means less weight, we also find it surprising that the Kindle Fire is "only" 20g lighter than the Playbook and yet nearly 15 per cent thicker. The tablet will be launched on the 15th of November in the US with a retail selling price of $199.

You can read a preview of the Amazon Kindle Fire on our sister site, ITReviews (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

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.