Amazon Unveils Three New Kindle Fire HD Models, Updated Kindle Fire

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Amazon has revealed a slew of upcoming Kindle Fire tablets, including three brand-new Kindle Fire HD models as well as an enhanced version of its current Kindle Fire.

The Kindle Fire HD tablets will come in three different flavors: a 7-inch model, an 8.9-inch model, and an 8.9-inch model with 4G connectivity. The baseline specs that all three Kindle Fire HDs will share include dual stereo speakers with Dolby audio, a front-facing camera, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi for up to 40% faster downloads, an HDMI port, and a single-layer glass display to reduce glare. Amazon will also be bringing many of the features found on its other Kindle models, including X-Ray, to the new Kindle Fire HD tablets. All three models are currently available for pre-order.

Kindle Fire HDThe Kindle Fire HD 7″ will have an HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. It will be available with either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage. Amazon did not provide specifics regarding what kind of processor would be found in the Fire HD 7″, other than simply saying that it will be “world-class” and will come with higher memory bandwidth than a Tegra 3 chip.

Its starting price will be $200, and it will begin shipping on September 14, prior to the release of the other two HD models.

Meanwhile, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ is going to have a 1920 x 1200 resolution display with 254 ppi. Like the 7-inch model, the Fire HD 8.9″ will be available in 16 GB and 32 GB varieties. Weighing in at 20 ounces and measuring 8.8 mm thin, the Fire HD 8.9″ will be powered by an OMAP4 4470 processor and Imagination SGX544 graphics engine.

Starting at $300, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ won;t be available for a couple of months, shipping on November 20.

Finally, the 4G version of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ will have the same specs as the regular 8.9-inch model, except buyers will be able to choose between 32 or 64 GB of on-board storage, and it will give users access to Amazon’s exclusive 4G LTE data plan: users will only need to pay $49.99 for one year of 4G LTE access for their Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G.

This model will also begin shipping on November 20, and is going to have a starting price of $500.

Kindle Fire, Too

For those who aren’t sold on the need for an HD screen, an updated version of the regular old Kindle Fire will still be available from Amazon with an attractive price cut, bringing it down to $160. It will also see significant improvements to its specs, including a faster processor (again, Amazon was vague beyond that it will provide “40% faster performance”), twice the memory, and improved battery life.

Like the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, the new latest generation Kindle Fire will begin shipping on September 14.



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