At a packed press event in New York this morning, Amazon unveiled its long-expected tablet offering, called the Kindle Fire. The company also debuted three new Kindle devices, with the least expensive priced at $79.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who took the stage to conduct the event, started by annoucing three new Kindle products: the Kindle Touch wifi for $99, Kindle Touch 3G for $149, and a basic (non-touch) Kindle for $79. The touch models can be pre-ordered today and ship on November 21. The basic model ships today.
The Kindle fire is a 7" tablet that brings together Amazon's various digital media offerings--Kindle books, streaming video, Amazon MP3--in a dual-core device. The biggest surprise in the device may be the Web browser, called Amazon Silk, which splits the work of browsing the Web between the device itself and Amazon's cloud computers for faster mobile browsing.
Kindle Fire costs $199 and ships on November 15.
For more details, check out our live blog of the Kindle Fire press event.