Amazon and Kobo unveil new devices

Amazon have been showing off some fancy new gadgetry, with an updated Kindle Fire seeing their tablet device coming to the UK for the first time.

As of 25th October, there’ll be a 7” version of the Fire available for £159 for 16GB and £199 for 32GB. Amazon say that it’s “the most advanced 7” tablet”, a clear poke in the ribs at Google and their 7” Nexus tablet.


There’ll also be a 8.9” version of the Fire, which will be available in the US from November, with 4G connectivity, although there’s no confirmation of a UK release date as yet. However, a souped-up version of the original Kindle Fire, which has never had a UK release, could be yours for £129 from the October launch date.

Among its many charms, the Kindle Fire HD has what Amazon claims is the fastest wi-fi available on a tablet, an impressive 11-hour battery life and a front-facing camera.

If you’re wondering how they can sell it so cheap, the Fire will be subsidised by adverts that will appear on its lock screen. Tolerable? Probably, if a little bit unpleasant.

kobo_2330878bAs well as all of that, Amazon also unveiled a new version of the Kindle e-reader, called the Paperwhite, which can be used in the dark. BUT, we’re not getting any of those in the UK yet – you’ll have to make do with an updated version of the ordinary 6” Kindle for now.

If you’re desperate for an e-reader that can be used in the dark, Kobo have launched such a thing, making it front-lit, calling it the Glo and punting it out for £99.99. They’ve also unveiled the Kobo Mini, which is a titchy, teeny five inches and is only £59.99 (but you can’t read it in the dark). They’ll both be on sale from 1st October.

If THAT wasn’t enough, there’s also a Kobo tablet coming. Named the Arc, it’s a 7-inch, Android 4.0 object that comes with 8GB form (for £159.99) or 16GB (for £189.99). The Arc will be released in November.

Phew! That enough for you?


  • Avon B.
    A new Kobo! I want it! Hah, that had you.
  • Mustapha S.
    The Arc? Bet the Sony MD choked on his croissant if he's just reading this on BW now.
  • oliverreed
    Isn't the Nexus quad core though? Either way I'd like to see a 10" tab from either provider.
  • Jeremy
    I can see the screen AND the keyboard of my PC in the dark. It's also got a 24" screen. Size is important...
  • Dick
    When will someone sell a tablet and have "Wipe Clean Screen" as one of the features?
  • oliverreed
    Oh, and go to amazon.COM and get offered the 8.9", still getting the shitty end of the stick.
  • tamoil
    I can't wait for the new Kobo.

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