Bloomberg spilled the beans a bit early in regards to the Kindle Fire. About a half hour before the Amazon.com press conference was to start, Bloomberg revealed the Kindle Fire will be sold for $199. We’re still waiting on a release date, but $199 is the golden price we expected Amazon to deliver.
The Kindle Fire is described as a 7-inch “souped-up” Kindle. It also runs on top of Android just like previous reports stated.
The Kindle Fire has sacrificed what are considered to be normal features other tablets have. It will not have a camera or microphone. It is Wi-Fi enabled, but does not have any support for 3G access like some e-ink Kindles have.
Those who purchase the Kindle Fire will also get 30 days of Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime has a decent number of perks including free two-day shipping on orders and access to Amazon’s streaming library. Thanks to a recent deal with Fox, Amazon Prime will offer more than 11,000 movies and TV shows this fall.
Update: Kindle Fire starts shipping on November 15.