Amazon has announced three new additions to Kindle Fire tablet range as it bids to launch a renewed challenge on Apple’s iPad and the newly launched Google Nexus 7.
A press conference yesterday in California, the retail giant officially lifted the lid on two Kindle Fire HD models, as well as an improved version of the original Kindle Fire.
First up is the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, featuring an impressive 1920 x 1200 HD display with a 245ppi pixel density, a 1.5GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4 4470 processor and 4G LTE support. Unfortunately this model will only be sold in the United States and is unlikely to be ever released on our side of the Pond.
The seven-inch Kindle Fire HD, however, will. This comes with a 1280 x 800 HD display with a 215ppi, a 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 chipset and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n support, which Amazon says is the fastest Wi-Fi available on any tablet.
Also on board are a 720p HD front-facing camera, an HDMI output, stereo speakers and 16 to 32GB of internal storage.
The 16GB model will be sold for £159 in the UK and the 32GB version for £199 - matching the Google Nexus 7 penny for penny. An upgraded version of the first Kindle Fire, sporting a new processor that’s 40 per cent faster than the original, twice the RAM and longer battery life, will also be ranged for £129. Though frankly, we’d rather pay £30 more for the HD edition.
All three models will be launched in the UK (and France, Germany, Italy and Spain) on October 25th. However, pre-orders are already up on the Amazon UK website.