Amazon held its long anticipated press event last night, in which it unveiled the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD. The 7-inch tablet boasts a number of improvements, but most exciting of all is the news that it’ll be coming to the UK.
The original Amazon Kindle Fire tablet made a big splash in its native US, but never got the UK launch that we craved. Now it’s been revealed that we’ll be getting a new and improved version of the tablet in October.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD will boast a 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, which places it on a par with the Google Nexus 7. The screen will reportedly cut glare by 25 per cent when compared to the latest iPad.
Its 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 CPU may not quite be up to the Nexus 7’s quad-core Tegra 3 equivalent, but it should be more than enough to run the heavily modified Android 4.0 OS. Rather than relying on Google’s ecosystem, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD will rely on Amazon software such as the Amazon Appstore, which launched recently for Android devices.
You’ll be able to store all of those apps, games, and of course books on a choice of 16 or 32GB of internal storage. There’ll also be a front facing camera and dual antenna Wi-Fi to help keep you connected regardless of where your hands are positioned.
With dimensions of 193 x 137 x 10.3mm, the Kindle Fire HD will be shorter and slimmer than the Nexus 7, but a fair bit wider thanks to its chunky all-round bezel.
The Kindle Fire HD will hit the UK on October 25. It’ll cost £159 for the 16GB model and £199 for the 32GB model – so more storage for your money than the Google Nexus 7.
If that’s still a little too dear for you, a modified version of the original Amazon Kindle Fire will also be hitting the UK for just £129. This will offer a 7-inch standard definition 1024 x 600 display, 8GB of internal storage and a chunkier body, but will run on the same bespoke OS.
Our American cousins will also be getting an 8.9-inch version of the Kindle Fire HD, but there’s no word on a UK release of this iPad-rival just yet.
Via Amazon UK