Bloomberg is reporting that Amazon will announce a new $199 tablet called the Kindle Fire at a press event today in NYC. The WiFi-only tablet reportedly bears many similarities to the company’s successful Kindle e-reader, though it is running a heavily customized version of the Android operating system.
According to the report, 7-inch Kindle Fire will not be capable of 3G access. The tablet has no cameras or microphones, and comes with a 30-day free trial of the $79 per year Amazon Prime service, which gives customers free two-day shipping and access to Amazon video streaming.
Many details on the tablet are still to surface—screen type, access to Android apps, and internal specs, among other things. Our own John Timmer is live at the relevant Amazon press event this morning. We will update this post with more information as it becomes available via our liveblog.