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Amazon announces two new tablets: $199 7-inch and $299 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDs

Posted By Ashraf On September 6, 2012 @ 2:22 PM In Android | 3 Comments


After Motorola’s [2] and Nokia’s [3] revelations yesterday, it is Amazon’s turn. As expected, today Amazon [4] has unveiled two new tablets today: 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD.

The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is, obviously, the superior device between the two. The 8.9-incher sports a 8.9-inch, 1920 x 1200 IPS display powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor, SGX544 GPU, an unknown amount of RAM, and Amazon’s heavily customized version of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich [5]). The tablet also has an “HD” camera on the front (no back camera), dual speakers, dual-band dual-antenna 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz) which Amazon claims is 40% faster than the iPad 3 [6], Bluetooth, and microUSB and microHDMI ports.

There doesn’t appear to be support for microSD but Amazon does offer decent amount of internal storage. The 16GB, WiFi-only version of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD costs US$299; the 32GB, WiFi-only version costs US$369. If you want wireless network connectivity, Amazon is offering a 32GB 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with LTE for US$499. The LTE version of the tablet runs on AT&T’s 4G network and you can get 250MB of data per month for US$50 per year. A 64GB version of the LTE 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is available for US$599.

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is similar to the 8.9-inch version except it takes a step down on most of the main hardware. For US$199 you can grab a 7-inch Kindle Fire HD that has a 7-inch, 1280×800 IPS display, dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor, SGX544 GPU, an unknown amount of RAM, Amazon’s version of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 16GB internal storage, “HD” front-facing camera (no back camera), dual speakers, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth, and microUSB and microHDMI ports. For 32GB internal storage, you will have to cough up US$249.

Amazon says the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD has a battery life of “up to 11 hours” but doesn’t specify the battery life for the 8.9-incher.

All of the above-mentioned tablets are available for pre-order starting today; the 7-incher will start shipping on September 14 whereas the 8.9-inch versions will come out on November 20. For the time being it looks like these tablets are USA-only but Amazon may start selling them in its other markets in the near future. To start pre-ordering, hit up the links below.

7-inch Kindle Fire HD on Amazon.com [7]

8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD WiFi-only on Amazon.com [8]

8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD LTE on Amazon.com [9]

[via Amazon [10], Engadget [11]]

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[6] iPad 3: http://dottech.org/tag/ipad

[7] 7-inch Kindle Fire HD on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083PWAPW/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0083PWAPW&linkCode=as2&tag=dottech09-20

[8] 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD WiFi-only on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008GFRE5A/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B008GFRE5A&linkCode=as2&tag=dottech09-20

[9] 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD LTE on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008GFRDL0/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B008GFRDL0&linkCode=as2&tag=dottech09-20

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[11] Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/06/kindle-fire-whats-changed/

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