Amazon Announces 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD

photoAmazon has unveiled an all new Kindle Fire to compete with Apple’s iPad. The digital media company revealed the Kindle Fire HD, a specs heavy 8.9″ and 7″ high-definition multimedia tablet with exclusive Dolby audio.

The new HD Fire will be available in three models: 8.9″ 4G LTE version starting at $499.00, 8.9″ WiFi only version starting at $299.00, and a smaller 7″ WiFi only version starting at $199.00. The 7″ Kindle Fire HD will begin shipping later this month on September 14 while the 8.9″ model is scheduled to be released on November 20, 2012.

The 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD features a 1920×1200 1080p HD display with 254 ppi, fast 4G LTE/Wi-Fi, exclusive Dolby dual stereo speakers, powerful 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and graphics engine, and 16 GB or 32 GB of storage. The tablet’s ports include: USB 2.0 for connection to a PC or Mac and Micro-HDMI for high definition video output to televisions or A/V receivers.

The 7″ tablet gets you a 1280×800 720p HD display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor and graphics engine.

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Kindle Fire tablets have access to a free month of Amazon Prime Instant Video, as well as free, unlimited cloud storage for your Amazon content. New Amazon-exclusive features include: X-Ray for Movies, X-Ray for Textbooks, Immersion Reading, Whispersync for Voice, Whispersync for Games, and Kindle FreeTime.

Amazon also upgraded the original Kindle Fire with 40% faster performance, twice the memory and longer battery life. The all-new tablet will now sell for $159.00 beginning September 14, 2012.

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