Amazon Fire HD scorches tablet territory

Amazon has also introduced improved offerings with revised price points founder and CEO Jeff Bezos at the Kindle Fire HD launch. founder and CEO Jeff Bezos at the Kindle Fire HD launch.


Amazon has introduced a barrage of new Kindles in their line up, which include features such as HD and a 4G LTE antenna.

The first is the updated Kindle Fire 7-inch that has the same look as the original, but now includes a faster processor that runs at 1.2GHz, and twice the RAM. Not only does it come with more, but costs less too, retailing for $159, meaning a whole $40 off the original Kindle Fire's market price of $199.

Next in the line up is the Kindle Fire HD. This is available in two versions, the 7-inch tablet with 1280x800 pixel resolution, or an 8.9-inch IPS display with a 1920x1200 pixel resolution. The 8.9-inch tablet is powered by a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4 - 4470 processor that clocks in at 1.5GHz. It also has dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus and 16GB of memory for storing large HD movie files and other content. The tablets also include HDMI out ports and Bluetooth. The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will be priced at $199 and the 8.9-inch version will retail at $299.

There is also a 4G LTE version of the Kindle Fire HD that Amazon is due to release. It will come with support for all 10 4G bands, will have 32GB of onboard storage and will cost $499.

"We're taking on the most popular price point for a tablet, $499, but doubling the storage and incredibly, adding ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO.

"Kindle Fire HD is not only the most-advanced hardware, it's also a service. When combined with our enormous content ecosystem, unmatched cross-platform interoperability and standard-setting customer service, we hope people will agree that Kindle Fire HD is the best high-end tablet anywhere, at any price."

For users that prefer Amazon's traditional e-readers, the company announced the Paperwhite. The e-reader has a higher resolution screen at 212 ppi, which is an increase of 62% more pixels than previous generation e-readers. It will cost $119 and a 3G version will be available too for $179.

Lastly, the traditional Kindle has seen a refresh with new fonts and more legible text, along with a price drop from $79 to $69.

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