The annual busy season for tech gadgets continues on with Amazon, which announced a whopping seven new Kindle devices on Wednesday.
All of the new gadgets, which were demonstrated for reporters at an event space in New York, are updates or new entries to the company's Fire tablet and Kindle e-reader lines. They can be pre-ordered starting Wednesday night, and they will ship sometime in October (Amazon declined to provide specific dates).
Here's a quick rundown on Amazon's new product line, which now ranges from a $79 low-end e-reader to a $379 Kindle Fire HDX tablet.
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Kindle Fire HDX: The HDX is the flagship model of the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet line, and the new 8.9-inch model is thinner and faster than its predecessor. The device starts at $379.
The HDX screen display, which is now sharper at 339 pixels per inch, includes a new feature called "dynamic light control." At the New York gadget demo, an Amazon executive held the Fire HDX near a light bulb and showed how the screen changed from a bluish-white to a more natural brown-tinged hue — meant to look more like paper as lighting conditions change.
Amazon also hyped up Fire HDX's improvements in audio, which the company says is twice as loud as iPad Air with Dolby surround-sound speakers. On the productivity side, a super-thin keyboard attachment sells for an additional $60.