Monday, 23 April 2012 08:38

Kindle Touch 3G ships early

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The Kindle Touch 3G started shipping last Friday (US time), a week earlier than the announced shipping date.

The Kindle Touch 3G was due to start shipping to 175 countries (including Australia) this coming Friday (April 27). Instead, it left the warehouse last Friday.

Kindle Touch

Like most of its predecessors, the Kindle Touch 3G features an E-Ink display with very low power consumption and no backlighting. The addition of touch operation brings the device into line with current expectations of such devices, brought about by the widespread use of smartphones and tablets.

As the name suggests, the 3G model includes free 3G wireless for buying and downloading books, and synchronising bookmarks. Wi-Fi is also included.

"Orders from customers worldwide for our new line of electronic ink Kindles have exceeded our expectations," said Dave Limp, vice president, Amazon Kindle.

"Kindle Touch 3G is the most full-featured e-reader available with a beautiful, latest-generation electronic ink display, fast page turns and long, two month battery life. We know that customers are eager to get their hands on our newest Kindle which is why we're delighted to be able to ship several days earlier than we planned."

When purchased directly from Amazon, the Kindle Touch 3G costs $US189, excluding a power adaptor ($US14.99, but currently $US9.99 if purchased with the Kindle) and shipping. The price at Dick Smith - where the device is still being shown as available for pre-order - is $249, with free delivery for online orders.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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