As promised, Amazon has launched the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet, allowing consumers to purchase the 16 GB model immediately. For those who want the 32 GB model, Amazon is gladly accepting pre-orders for $249 now, and will ship the tablet on October 25, conveniently one day before Microsoft unloads Windows 8 and the first wave of related devices on consumers.
As previously reported, the Kindle Fire HD sports a 7-inch HD LCD screen with a default resolution of 1280 x 800. Powereing the device is a masked Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" and a dual-core 1.2 GHz OMAP4460 SoC from Texas Instruments. Also thrown into the mix is 10-point multi-touch capabilities, a battery offering 11 hours of continuous use, 1 GB of RAM, dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity (meaning 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), and more.
For $40 less, customers can purchase the revamped original Kindle Fire for $159.99 USD. Not much has changed with this gadget unfortunately, as it still sports the same 7-inch screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution, 8 GB of internal storage, and single-band Wi-Fi connectivity. There are also no volume buttons, and there's no SD card slot for expanding the storage, but Amazon has doubled the memory and threw in a better battery for improved performance, so that's a plus.
For consumers who think bigger is better, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will be avialable on November 20, costing $299 for the 16 GB version and $369 for the 32 GB version. Still not enough? Try the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE models launching on the same day, costing $499 for the 32 GB version and a hefty $599 for vthe 64 GB version. All four will come packed with a dual-core OMAP4470 SoC clocked at 1.5 GHz, a 1920 x 1200 resolution, dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity and more.
"We're taking on the most popular price point for a tablet, $499, but doubling the storage and incredibly, adding ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. "Kindle Fire HD is not only the most-advanced hardware, it's also a service. When combined with our enormous content ecosystem, unmatched cross-platform interoperability and standard-setting customer service, we hope people will agree that Kindle Fire HD is the best high-end tablet anywhere, at any price."
To get your new Kindle Fire HD, head here.