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Kindle DX – Amazon’s New Addition to the Kindle Family

Amazon announced today the new Kindle DX. It will be released this summer and can be pre-order now for US$$489. You can read hands-on on Engadget.com (and from the pressconference) and on Gizmondo.com.

The next paragraphs are copy$paste from Amazon.com:

We’re excited to introduce the Amazon Kindle DX, Amazon’s new addition to the Kindle family, available for pre-order today!

With a beautiful large screen, Kindle DX’s display is ideal for a broad range of reading material, including graphic-rich books, PDFs, newspapers, magazines and blogs.  Kindle DX’s display is two and a half times the size of the Kindle display. Whether you’re reading the latest bestseller or a financial report, text and images are amazingly sharp on the 9.7-inch screen.  The ultimate travel companion, Kindle DX is as thin as a magazine and holds up to 3,500 books (vs. 1,500 on the Kindle), newspapers, magazines and documents. No longer pick and choose which books and documents fit in your carry-on. With Kindle DX’s native PDF support, you can have your personal and professional libraries always with you. In addition to the new large display format and incredible storage capacity, the Kindle DX also boasts an Auto-Rotating Screen which auto-rotates from portrait to landscape as you turn the device so you can view full-width maps, graphs, tables, and Web pages.

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Kindle DX Features

  • Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines
  • Carry Your Library: Holds up to 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents
  • Beautiful Large Display: 9.7” diagonal e-ink screen reads like real paper; boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and sharp images
  • Auto-Rotating Screen: Display auto-rotates from portrait to landscape as you turn the device so you can view full-width maps, graphs, tables, and Web pages
  • Built-in PDF Reader: Native PDF support allows you to carry and read all of your personal and work documents on the go
  • Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle DX, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, service plans, or hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Books in Under 60 Seconds: You get free wireless delivery of books in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
  • Long Battery Life: Read for days without recharging
  • Read-to-Me: With the text-to-speech feature, Kindle DX can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book’s rights holder made the feature unavailable
  • Big Selection, Low Prices: Over 275,000 books; New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are only $9.99, unless marked otherwise
  • More Than Books: U.S. and international newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, magazines including The New Yorker and Time, plus popular blogs, all auto-delivered wirelessly

Next is two videoes taken from Engadget.com.

Kindle 2 will be released on February 24, 2009

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Amazon.com will release Kindle 2 on February 24, 2009. The first version sold like hot cakes and it was almost impossible to get hold of. when they got in a new shipment, it went out as fast. So if you want one now, pre-order.

Here is the technical specifications:

  • Display: 6″ diagonal E-Ink® electronic paper display, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16-level gray scale.
  • Size (in inches): 8″ x 5.3″ x 0.36″.
  • Weight: 10.2 ounces.
  • System requirements: None, because it doesn’t require a computer.
  • Storage: 2GB internal (approximately 1.4GB available for user content).
  • Battery Life: Read on a single charge for up to 4 days with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to two weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store and downloading content. In low coverage areas or in 1xRTT only coverage, wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly.
  • Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours and supports charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable.
  • Connectivity: EVDO modem with fallback to 1xRTT; utilizes Amazon Whispernet to provide U.S wireless coverage via Sprint’s 3G high-speed data network
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) for connection to the Kindle power adapter or optionally to connect to a PC or Macintosh computer.
  • Audio: 3.5mm stereo audio jack, rear-mounted stereo speakers.
  • Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; PDF, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
  • Included Accessories: Power adapter, USB 2.0 cable, rechargeable battery. Book cover sold separately.
  • Documentation: Quick Start Guide (included in box) [PDF]; Kindle 2 User’s Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF].
  • Warranty and Service: 1 year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2 year Extended Warranty sold separately.

Here is a screenshot of the frontpage on Amazon.com today.

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