Amazon Announces Kindle Fire HD

Amazon Announces Kindle Fire HD

The rumors were true... mostly. At its press event in LA, Amazon has just taken the wraps off an all-new, larger version of the Kindle Fire.

Dubbed the Kindle Fire HD, the new tablet isn't a full 10-incher a la Apple's iPad, as some had predicted. Instead it weighs in with a display of 8.9-inches at 1920 x 1200 pixels that lives ups to its name with an impressive 254 ppi and anti-glare tech. There's also a smaller 7-inch model.

The HD boasts an OMAP 4470 processor from Texas Instruments that Amazon says is significantly faster and more powerful than a Tegra 3.

It's also got dual speakers with Digital Doby Plus for superior sound than you'll find on tablets with mono speakers like the iPad. Additionally, there are two wifi antennas for faster and more reliable wireless performance.

The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD has 32 GB and costs $299 in a wifi only configuration. Amazon is also offering a 4G LTE model for $499. Data plans for the 4G version go for just $49.99 per year.

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is wifi only with 16 GB of storage. It will retail for $199.

Both models of the Kindle Fire HD ship November 20.

[via The Verge]

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