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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