Amazon Kindle Fire HD UK release date confirmed
After much delay, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and newly announced Kindle Fire HD will be coming to the UK
Amazon has just pulled the wraps off the follow-up to 2011’s Kindle Fire, the Kindle Fire HD, which comes in two sizes, and confirmed that it, along with the original Kindle Fire, will be coming to the UK.
Launched as a direct rebuttal to Google’s Nexus 7, Amazon has really upped its game with the Kindle Fire HD. The 7-inch Fire HD and 8.9-inch Fire HD will launch in November – just in time for Chrimbo.
The larger of the two ships with a brand new 8.9-inch HD display, 16GB of storage, ultra-fast Wi-Fi, and, best of all, a price tag of just $299.
Update: Only the 7-inch version of the Kindle Fire HD will be coming to the UK.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD’s 1920x1200 pixel display has a pixel density of 254ppi, making it one of the most impressive slate displays around.
The device is powered by a TI OMAP 4470 processor and is also the first slate to launch with dual-band (2.4GHz - 5GHz) MIMO technology. Amazon says this new tech makes the Fire HD’s Wi-Fi 41 percent faster than the iPad 3.
The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will be available from $199 – around £159 in the UK. It contains the same spec as its big brother but uses a slightly lower 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. It also ships with 16GB of storage.
‘The Kindle Fire HD is likely be a top seller this Christmas season. Amazon's tablet provides a richer user experience than the Google Nexus 7 or any other 10-inch Android tablet on the market,’ said IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.
He added: ‘the content is embedded in the hardware in such a way that it seams a feature of it and not an application that comes with it for users to open when they need to access the content.’
Amazon confirmed that LTE-ready and 3G versions of the Kindle Fire HD slates would also be available following the slates initial release in November.
Apple and Asus take note, Amazon has just become a very series player in the tablet space.