Amazon Drops New Devices

amazon-logo-squareFive new devices running a new operating system will reach Amazon customers next month, according to a press release the company circulated quietly on Wednesday night.

The line consists of three new premium, budget and kids tablets in the Fire family of devices, plus one premium and one budget Kindle e-reader.

Succeeding the higher-end Paperwhite e-reader, the Kindle Voyage is being touted as Amazon’s “most advanced Kindle ever,” with an improved display and new page-turn technology. The latest Kindle is an upgraded version of Amazon’s least expensive e-reader, newly equipped with a touchscreen.

Both devices, at $199 and $79, respectively, are pricier than their predecessors.

Much more.

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