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Amazon announces massive Kindle refresh including new ‘Kindle Voyage’ and $99 Kindle Fire HD tablet


Following a big day of Apple news, Kindle has unleashed a massive refresh of its Kindle lines, including three refreshed Kindles and—interestingly—one completely new Kindle model. The lineup includes the company’s new flagship e-reader dubbed Kindle Voyage, a new entry-level Kindle that now packs a touch screen, an updated Kindle Fire HDX, and a new Kindle Fire HD, which is starting at just $99.

The Kindle Voyage, which now sits at the top of the lineup, sports a brand new 6-inch e-ink display and what the company is calling “Pagepress,” which replaces the previous hardware buttons and allows you to change pages by simply squeezing on the bezel around the screen. In terms of dimensions, the device comes in at an impressive 7.6 mm thin and weighs in at right around 6.4 ounces. The device starts at $199, and that’s the version that ships with ads and lacks 3G.

Additionally, Amazon also announced the new bottom-of-the-line Kindle, which now comes standard with a touch screen as well as a processor that’s supposedly around 20 percent faster than the previous entry level model. This device will be the most affordable of the bunch, coming in at $79 and up ($99 if you want to ditch the “special offers”).


Looking at the Kindle Fire line, Amazon announced an update to its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX and its little brother, the Kindle Fire HD. On the HDX side, you’ll find a new 2.5 GHz processor, “Dolby Atmos and the latest Dolby Audio,” and a supposedly 70% faster graphics engine. The 6-inch HD now comes in 5 colors, retails starting at just $99, and there’s a 7-inch model that’s $139.

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  1. jhulgan - 9 years ago

    9to5amazon is that you?

  2. patstar5 - 9 years ago

    Hm…. Well amazon is trying hard to pull people Into there ecosystem, I still prefer stock android and google play store. I do use amazon app store sometimes. If I wanted to be locked into an ecosystem again, it would be apple’s. Though the entry point into amazon’s is alot cheaper

    • Tim Jr. - 9 years ago

      You are locked into an ecosystem, into Android.. lol, is it a cadge if the rat doesn’t see the bars?! ROFL!

      • It’s a terrarium.

      • patstar5 - 9 years ago

        Well I am stil locked into apple’s in a way. Still buy all my music from iTunes, I wish they would make an iTunes app for Android. Why not? They have one for windows, I want them to take my money but they won’t. Anyway, I have not bought anywhere near as much on android as I did on ios. They way it is going, people only get free apps. So developers have to make money off of ads or in-app purchases

  3. Everyone see that? A $200 e-paper e-book reader. These guys must be going after the same people Apple is gong to be marketing the gold $10k watch to.

  4. Toro Volt (@torovolt) - 9 years ago

    The 6″ Tablet for $99 seems an incredible value. Install Google Hangouts or a VoIP app and you have a bigger Phablet.than a $749 iPhone6+

  5. Chris Denny (@dennyc69) - 9 years ago

    It’s a cross between a Nokia device and Android! I think they will do well with their new line up for fans of the Kindle Fire series. Nice way to do the announcement considering the new iPhone/Apple Watch news. Will have to see how they compare with the new iPad’s coming out in October.

  6. mendi926 - 9 years ago

    Hello guys. I’ve already pre-ordered the Kindle Voyage, and like always, I’m going to give away my old-new Kindle Paperwhite 2 to one lucky contestant. If anyone’s interested come to

    Last year, when I gave away my Paperwhite 1, only 12 people signed up so you’re chances to win one are pretty high. Good luck.


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