Summary: While other publications were diligently live-blogging Amazon’s big tablet event on Wednesday (28 September 2011), Bloomberg reported that the online retailer will launch a 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet at a retail price $199.
Though Amazon was yet to officially unveil the Kindle Fire, the live blogs reported that the company announced the Kindle Touch for $99, the Kindle Touch with 3G for $149, and a Kindle without touch capabilities for $79.
Update: The live blogs confirmed that the Amazon Kindle Fire will have a dual core processor and a 7-inch IPS (in plane switching) touch display. Based on the description of the demonstrations, it also features a gesture-based navigation scheme, similar to the BlackBerry PlayBook and Nokia N9.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos also made a big deal of the browser technology they’re shipping with the device: Amazon Silk.
Calling it “Dynamic Split Browsing,” Bezos is quoted as saying that the browser is smart enough to offload things to Amazon’s EC2 (elastic compute cloud) – everything can be done either locally or remotely.
The Amazon Kindle Fire is set to ship mid-November 2011, but it is unclear whether we will be able to get our hands on the devices locally.