Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) – the online retail giant on Thursday announced that its Kindle Fire – both the 7″ and 8.9″ HD display tablets can now be pre-ordered in over 170 additional countries. The tablets are now available for pre-order on Amazon’s official website and shipping will start from June 13th onwards, the company says.
The Kindle Fire HD has a 7-inch display running at 1280 x 800 resolution, and with 16 GB or 32 GB of on-device storage. The device packs dual-core OMAP4 4460 1.2GHz processor, Bluetooth, WiFi, HDMI output and front facing camera. On the other hand, the Kindle Fire 8.9-inch sports the 8.9-inch display panel running at 1920 x 1200 resolution, OMAP4 4470 processor and Imagination SGX544 graphics engine, and comes with the same connectivity options as of the smaller HD model.
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Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and Kindle Fire HD 7 are Now Available for Pre-order
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is available for pre-order starting today for $284 while the Kindle Fire HD 7” is available at a price of $214.
Dave Limp, Vice President of Amazon Kindle says in a statement:
Kindle Fire HD is the #1 best-selling item in the world for Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) since its launch, and we’re thrilled to make it available to even more customers around the globe today.
Not only does Kindle Fire feature advanced hardware, it’s also a service. When combined with our content ecosystem, great email and browsing and top-rated customer service, we hope people around the world will agree that Kindle Fire HD is the best tablet for an incredible price.
Both tablets are integrated with Amazon’s various offerings like ebooks, magazines, multimedia, cloud storage and apps and games. If you rely more on Amazon’s various services, then these tablets are a good choice.
The Kindle Fire tablets possess a real threat to other Android tablets, not because of Amazon’s logo but because of its hardware which is offered at such an attractive price. The pricing of Apple’s iPad and other Android tablets are nowhere even near to Amazon’s offering, except Google’s own Nexus 7 and 10 tablets.
Now with Kindle Fire HD tablets available in so many countries, it would definitely boost the market share of Android. The Kindle Fire runs on a heavily customized forked version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which looks and works differently from what we’ve seen on normal ICS tablets.
Now with this expansion, the company just challenged all other Android tablets.