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Thursday September 6, 2012 12:34 pm
Amazon Kindle Fire HD: 7- and 8.9-inch tablets starting at $199
Alongside the Kindle Paperwhite, the other big news from this morning's Amazon Kindle event was the new Kindle Fire HD. The Fire HD will be available in two sizes--a 7-inch model, and an 8.9-inch version.
The larger version sports a 1920 x 1200 254 ppi display that has a polarizing filter (and laminated touch sensor) to reduce glare. On the inside, the Kindle Fire 8.9 is powered by a TI OMAP 4470 CPU and 1GB RAM. It's got dual stereo speakers (very nice for a tablet,) a high definition front-facing camera (with Skype support,) and even HDMI out. Additionally, it has MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi support, making its wireless connection up to 41% faster than that of the new iPad. Amazon is selling these for just $299 for the 16GB model, a full $100 less than we expected, and they'll ship on November 20th. The 32GB model sells for $369. Those who need mobile data connectivity aren't left out in the cold, as there's also a Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE.
If you're looking for something a little more portable, Amazon also unveiled a 7-inch version of the Kindle Fire HD that costs $199 for 16GB, or $249 for 32GB. Everything is pretty much the same, although the display resolution on the smaller version is 1280 x 800, understandably. That's the same as you'd find on Google's Nexus 7. Amazon says you'll get 11 hours of battery life when using the 7-inch model.
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