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Amazon Announces the Kindle Fire HD

Just as Amazon eventually released bigger versions of their Kindle, the company is now releasing bigger versions of its Kindle Fire tablet. Whereas the original sported a 7-inch screen, the new Kindle Fire HD can be had with an 8.9-inch, 1920 x 1200 display. The tablet is 8.8mm thick and weighs 20 ounces. The display uses a polarizing filter to cut down on glare and the touch sensor is laminated, which is supposed to offer better sharpness and contrast. The tablet is powered by a TI OMAP 4470 processor and boasts dual speakers, a front-facing HD camera, and HDMI out. It’s also the first tablet with dual-band technology, making the WiFi 41 percent faster than the latest iteration of the iPod.

For those who scoff at range-limiting WiFi, there will be a Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE that you can get through AT&T. You’ll get 250MB of data per month for $50 annually. Then there’s the regular Kindle Fire HD, which offers a 7-inch display like its predecessor. It contains mostly the same hardware as the 8.9 version, except of course for a smaller screen and resolution. You’ll get 1280 x 800, the same as the newly announced Kobo Arc tablet. According to Amazon, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will have a battery life of 11 hours.

The prices are $199 for a 16GB 7-inch Fire HD, $249 for the 32GB version, $299 for a 16GB 8.9-inch Fire HD, $369 for the 32GB version, and $499 for a 32GB Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE, and $599 for the 64GB version. The tablets are available for pre-order now; the Kindle Fire HD hits on September 14th and the other two models hit on November 20th.


via Engadget

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